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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Qualifications Contingency Group minutes: 22 April 2020

Published: 11 May 2020
Date of meeting: 22 Apr 2020

Minutes from the third meeting of the group on 22 April 2020.

11 May 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Qualifications Contingency Group minutes: 22 April 2020

Attendees and apologies

The meeting was chaired by the Scottish Government, with senior representation from:

  • SQA
  • Education Scotland
  • UCAS
  • ADES
  • SCIS
  • Universities Scotland
  • EIS
  • SLS
  • Colleges Scotland
  • SFC

Items and actions

Key points discussed:

  • recognition of the need to work together to consider an appropriate approach to schooling this term which takes account of legislative issues, e.g. school placing requests; and consideration of what the future may look like, particularly around the need to maintain social distancing measures for the foreseeable future
  • term 4 guidance issued on Monday 20 April sets out the high level expectations for this term
  • SQA guidance, issued on 20 April, highlights the critical importance and integrity of teacher judgement this year
  • SQA provided a brief overview on the proposed approach to appeal.  This is being taken through SQA’s internal governance process and the guidance is expected to be published thereafter
  • SQA working on new systems and processes for submitting and handling estimates to SQA Connect
  • SQA engaging with a range of stakeholders and continuing to develop FAQs to support the guidance
  • view expressed that the overall approach set out in the SQA guidance is working well
  • important to reinforce messaging that discussions in centres should be facilitated remotely and social-distancing should continue to be observed
  • the integrity of estimates is crucial and it is important to have a national moderation approach to support the efforts of local moderation in individual centres
  • a discussion on the use of pupil attainment evidence generated after school closures. Noted that the SQA guidance states that this is not required, and where it exists it should be treated with caution
  • issues around the release of pupil grade estimates in advance of final grades which remains the responsibility of the school and Local Authority as controllers of the data
  • consideration of technical issues ongoing for the proposed accreditation of band 8 learners

Next steps:

  • group to reconvene to discuss the appeals process

Scottish Government: Learning Directorate
22 April 2020