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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Qualifications Contingency Group


The Qualifications Contingency Group is invoked in circumstances where there is a system wide risk to the delivery of the exam diet and the awarding of qualifications. 

The coronavirus pandemic presents such a risk and the Scottish Government, in full consultation with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, took the decision to invoke the group.

The Qualifications Contingency Group met for the first time on 17 March 2020, and its remit is to: 

  • share information and intelligence to ensure clear understanding of relevant developments in relation to delivery of a certification model for the awarding of qualifications in the absence of the 2020 exam diet
  • promote collective leadership across the education system in Scotland
  • contribute to ongoing communications


Membership consists of representatives from:

  • Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
  • College Development Network
  • Colleges Scotland
  • Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Education Scotland
  • School Leaders Scotland
  • Scottish Council of Independent Schools
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Universities and Colleges Admission Service
  • Universities Scotland
  • Scottish Government: Directorate for Advanced Learning and Science and Directorate for Learning