Education reform

The Cabinet Secretary for Education announced on 22 June 2021 the intention to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and consider a new specialist agency for both curriculum and assessment, while also taking forward reform to Education Scotland, including removing the function of inspection from the agency. Professor Ken Muir, University of West of Scotland, was appointed in August 2021 to act as an independent advisor on the Reform of SQA and Education Scotland. Professor Muir will consider and advise on the implementation of the reform that will consider all functions currently delivered by both SQA and Education Scotland. 

Consultation and engagement

Professor Muir carried out an extensive programme of engagement with stakeholders, including meetings, webinars and a public consultation from 30 September 2021 to 26 November 2021. He worked closely with the Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Together to make sure children and young people’s voices were heard in the process. This included an online survey for young people who were attending secondary school or college.

He also appointed an expert panel and advisory group to assist with his work. The advisory group was made up of practitioners and stakeholders from across the wider education system.

Publication of report and recommendations

Professor Muir’s report, 'Putting Children at the Centre: A Vision for Scottish Education' was published on 9 March 2022, along with an analysis of his consultation and wider engagement activity and the Children and Young People's engagement report.

We published our response to Professor Muir's report on 9 March 2022.

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