- 29 Oct 2018
Date received: 13 September 2018
Date responded: 11 October 2018
- Advice provided to Ministers regarding the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s ‘Appeal Service’ with the ‘Post-results’ Service, and the introduced of a fee for using the services if there was no change to the original grade.
You may wish to note that SQA is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and operates at arm’s length to Ministers, as set out under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996. It follows that SQA is responsible for making its own operational decisions, including decisions on the review, consultation and subsequent replacement of the previous ‘Appeals’ system. The Scottish Government does not hold information on the detail of the review and consultation process.
To place the enclosures in context, you may also wish to note that SQA announced the decision to replace the ‘Appeals’ system in 2012, with implementation from 2013/14.
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