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, has been appointed to act as an independent advisor to the Scottish Government. 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. 

It is envisaged Professor Muir will be in post for six months. 

Consultation and engagement opportunties

Throughout the process there will be opportunities for practitioners and all interested parties to have their views and ideas brought to the attention of Professor Muir. Read about the opportunities for practitioners and interested parties to have their say.


Professor Muir appointed an expert panel and an advisory group. The advistory group is made up of practitioners and stakeholders from across the wider education system. These groups will:

  • support his work
  • help to explore the current and future needs of learners, practitioners, and other partners
  • offer advice and ideas on how we can design our education system to meet these needs

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Written consultation

An important part of engagement on reform is the national consultation document which was launched on 30 September 2021. The consultation is in four sections and is open to all who are interested in the future of Scottish education. The consultation invites views and ideas on the following:

  •  vision
  •  curriculum and assessment
  •  roles and responsibilities
  •  replacing the Scottish Qualifications Authority and reforming Education Scotland

The closing date for consultation responses is 26 November 2021. 

Consultation with children and young people

Professor Muir is working closely with the Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Together to make sure children and young people’s voices are heard in the process.  There is an online survey for young people, who are attending secondary school or college.

Given the sometimes complex nature of the topic there are also online tools available for adults to use when supporting children and young people to respond .


Please use the link below to book a webinar with Professor Muir via Eventbrite. The session will take place from 4:30pm until 6pm, and best suited to those working in Education, who want to hear first-hand about this reform work, and express views and ideas, beyond or in addition to the written consultation.  

Professor Muir is also holding a specific webinar for parents and carers of children and young people.  This webinar is an opportunity specifically for parents and carers with children and young people in education, to hear first-hand about this reform work, to express views and ideas about the kind of education system we want to see in Scotland for the future and to ask questions of Professor Muir

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