It's Our Future - Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment: report

Final report of the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment in Scotland.

Appendix 9.5 Collaborative Community Groups (CCG)

Learners group

Led by Beinn Grant and Ruby Cardie - supported by Mo Whelton

  • SYP
  • Young Scot
  • Youthlink Scotland
  • Home Education Scotland
  • Dyslexia Scotland, Young Ambassador
  • Kelty Youth Group
  • Stills Gallery Youth Advisory Panel
  • The Big Project
  • An Independent School Pupil
  • East Ayrshire Youth Cabinet
  • North Coast Youth Forum
  • Fast Forward
  • Who Cares? Scotland
  • Carers Trust Scotland
  • Intercultural Youth Scotland (Phase two)
  • Gaelic Medium (Gaelic and Scots Group via Young Scot)

Parents and carers group

Led by Cheryl Burnett and Elieen Prior / Patrick McGlinchey

  • Connect
  • National Parent Forum of Scotland – Barrie Sheppard and John Semple
  • Children in Scotland - Annie Watson
  • Contact - Donna Tomlin
  • Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection - Linda O'Neill
  • Comann nam Pàrant - Magaidh Wentworth
  • Home Education Scotland - Mark Nixon
  • Bobath Scotland - Sharon Collie


Led by Andrea Bradley

  • Eileen Imlah - Education Institute of Scotland
  • Simone Coetser - Education Institute of Scotland
  • Pamela Manley - Education Institute of Scotland
  • Kristine Dempster - Education Institute of Scotland
  • Julie Ferguson - Education Institute of Scotland
  • Scott McGimsey - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
  • Afifa Khanam - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
  • Mike Corbett - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
  • Tara Lillis - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
  • Catherine Nicol - Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association
  • John Guidi - Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association
  • Seamus Searson - Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association
  • James Cowan - Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association
  • Jim Thewliss - Senior Leaders Scotland


Led by Peter Bain

  • Kirsty Ayed - Kings Park Secondary School, Glasgow
  • Tony Breen - Portree High School, Skye
  • Barry Graham - Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfries
  • Graham Hutton - Grove Academy, Dundee
  • Stephen Ross - Beath High School, Cowdenbeath
  • Julie McDonald - Nairn Academy, Nairn
  • John O’Neill - High School of Glasgow
  • Jon Reid - Larbert High School, Falkirk
  • Andrew Sharkey - St Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn
  • Andy Smith - Larkhall Academy, Larkhall
  • Pauline Walker - Royal High School, Edinburgh


Led by Andrew Findlater

  • Kirsty Hair - University of Strathclyde, Teaching Fellow
  • Scott Hunter - Turriff Academy
  • Caroline McFarlane - Banff Academy
  • Lynsey McNamee - Queen Anne High School
  • Marc McWhirter - Speyside High School
  • John Schmidt - Currie Community High School
  • Darren Brown - Inverness High School
  • Rachel Richards - Currie Community High School
  • Sandy Lunan - Dunblane High School
  • John MacInnes - Ardnamurchan High School

Local government

Led by Douglas Hutchison

  • Stewart Nicolson (Head of Service, South Lanarkshire Council, Chair)
  • Matthew Sweeney - (COSLA)
  • Grace Vickers (SOLACE)
  • Gerry Lyons (Head of Service, Glasgow City Council)
  • Maria Lloyd (Head of Service, Fife Council)
  • Lyndsay McRoberts (Director of Education, South Ayrshire Council)
  • Julie Calder (Head of Service, Renfrewshire Council)
  • Adam Stephenson (Education Officer, Inverclyde Council)
  • Campbell Hornell (Acting Education Officer, Lasswade High School)
  • Andrew Brown (Senior Education Officer, West Dunbartonshire)
  • Fiona Robertson (Executive Director of Place and Children, Young People and Partnerships Midlothian)
  • Linda McAulay-Griffiths (Chief Education Officer/Head of Schools, East Ayrshire)

National Agencies

Led by Dr Gill Stewart

  • Sally Smith (Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development, Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Ollie Bray (Strategic Director, Education Scotland)
  • Andy Creamer (Head of Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Education Scotland)
  • Maeve MacKinnon (Senior Education Officer, Gaelic, Education Scotland)
  • Tracy Johnston (Senior Education Officer Health and Wellbeing, Education Scotland)
  • Pauline Stephen (General Teaching Council for Scotland)
  • Victoria Smith (General Teaching Council for Scotland)
  • Louise Campbell (General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Alison MacDonald (HMIE, Education Scotland)
  • Joe Mulholland (HMIE, Education Scotland)
  • Ann Floyd, HMIE (Education Scotland)
  • Ken Edwards (Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland)
  • Eleanor Wilson (Head of Outreach, Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Martyn Ware (Director of Policy, Analysis and Standards, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) )

National qualifications alignment

Led by Pauline Radcliffe

  • Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
  • Connect
  • Education Scotland
  • Lantra
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Student Partnerships in Quality, Scotland
  • Scottish Qualification Authority
  • Scottish Social Services Council
  • Scottish Training Federation
  • Youth Link Scotland
  • Youth Scotland

Process of change

Led by Professor Chris Chapman

  • Professor David Hopkins (The University of Bolton)
  • Professor Mel Ainscow (University of Glasgow, Education and Leadership)
  • Jenny Langley, Former Headteacher, Kingsway Park High School, Rochdale
  • Professor Melanie Ehren (University of London, Governance of Schools and Education Director)
  • Professor Andy Hargreaves (Boston College, Teaching, Curriculum and Society)


Led by Dr Joe Smith

  • Alice Crawford - Forrester High School, Curriculum Leader
  • Professor Daniel Alvunger - Linnaeus University, Sweden, Curriculum Studies
  • Julia Liesse-Fernandes - Forrester High School, Curriculum Leader
  • Professor Kathryn Hibbert - Western University, Ontario, Canada, Education, Curriculum Studies
  • Martin Ennis - Forrester High School, Depute Headteacher
  • Mhairi Sheail - Forrester High School, Curriculum Leader
  • Molly Fray - Forrester High School, Curriculum Leader
  • Sarah Jarvis - Inveralmond High School, Qualifications and Assessment

Inclusion and Equity

Led by Dr Edward Sosu

  • Sara Spencer (Child Poverty Action Group, Cost of the School Day)
  • Professor Stephen McKinney (University of Glasgow, Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)
  • Anne Haggart (ASPIRENorth, Schools for Higher Education Programme, Regional Co-Ordinator)
  • Alastair Wilson (University of Strathclyde, Senior Research Fellow)
  • Dr Markus Klein (University Strathclyde, Director of Research, School of Education)
  • Professor Cristina Ianelli (University of Edinburgh, Education and Sport)
  • Dr Adriana Duta (University of Edinburgh, Education and Sport)
  • Dr Roxanne Connelly (University of Edinburgh, Sociology and Quantitative Methods)
  • Dr Geetha Marcus (University of Edinburgh, Education and Sport)
  • Professor Yvette Taylor (University of Strathclyde, Education)
  • Linda O'Neill (CELCIS, Inequalities in Outcomes of Children in Care)
  • Professor Sheila Riddell (University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity)
  • Dr Stephanie Thomson (University of Aberdeen, Education)
  • Professor Donald Gray (University of Aberdeen, Education)
  • Professor Margaret Sutherland (University of Glasgow, Scottish Network for Able Pupils)
  • Dr Fiona O'Hanlon (University of Edinburgh, Gaelic Medium Education)

Policy and Process

Led by Professor Ken Muir

  • Billy Burke (Headteacher, Renfrew High School)
  • Emeritus Professors Walter Humes (University of Stirling)
  • Associate Dean Khadija Mohammed (University of the West of Scotland/Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators)
  • Professor Graham Donaldson (University of Glasgow, Education)


Led by Tracy Black

  • Allan Colquhoun (Leonardo MW Ltd)
  • Anna Gillies (NatWest Group)
  • Becky Nicholls (Babcock International Group)
  • Gillian Collin (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Helen Arthur (GlaxoSmithKline plc)
  • Jackie Archer (Balfour Beatty)
  • Jacqueline Hall (BAE Systems plc)
  • Jo Szulikowski (Phoenix Group Holdings)
  • Jonathan McCreadie (Amazon)
  • Mairi Elder (Scottish Power)
  • Mandy McMillan (Glasgow Airport Limited/AGS)
  • Mark Essex (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler)
  • Matt Woods (Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd)
  • Nikhil Sharma (Tata Consultancy Services)
  • Raymond King (Babcock International Group)
  • Richard Turner (BT Group plc)
  • Steven Grier (Microsoft Limited)
  • Suzanne Burns (STV Group plc)

Further education

Led by Professor Ken Thomson

  • Lorraine Cowan (New College Lanarkshire)
  • Caroline Watson (South Lanarkshire College)
  • Brian Dunn (North East Scotland College)
  • Lisa Doonan, South Lanarkshire College
  • Stef Black and Ali McDade (Student Participation in Quality Scotland)
  • G Graham and Katie Paget (Dundee and Angus College)
  • Ann Heron (Ayrshire College)
  • Rob McDermott (Forth Valley College)
  • Loraine Lyall (Edinburgh College)
  • Lisa Calderwood (Fife College)
  • B Browlee (West Lothian College)
  • J Gracier (Borders College)
  • Jessica Borley and Liz Cook (University of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Karen Gray (Scotland’s Rural College)
  • Sarah-Jane Linton (West Lothian College)

Higher education

Led by Professor Jonathan Powles

  • Professor Nazira Karodia (Napier University, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Principal of Learning & Teaching)
  • Professor Moira Fishbacher-Smith (University of Glasgow, Vice-Principal of Learning & Teaching)
  • Shona Barrie (Stirling University, Director of Admissions and Access
  • Martin Gibbons (St Andrew’s University, Deputy Director, Director of Widening Access and Participation)
  • Emma Forster (University of Aberdeen, Deputy Director, External Relations Head of UK Recruitment & Admissions)
  • Dr Stephanie McKendry (Strathclyde University, Head Of Access, Equality & Inclusion)
  • Dr Sally Middleton (University of Aberdeen, Access & Articulation Manager
  • Kirsty Wadsley (LEAPS, Widening access partners)
  • Amanda Baldwin (Focus West, Widening access partners)
  • Professor Catriona Cunningham (Napier University, Head of Department of Learning & Teaching Enhancement)
  • Dr Laurence Lasselle (St Andrews University, Senior Lecturer)
  • Jim Thewliss (Senior Leaders Scotland, General Secretary)
  • Jane Lewis
  • Dr Pauline Hanesworth (University of Highlands and Islands, Head of Learning and Teaching)
  • Professor Alison Machin (Council of Deans of Health Scotland, Convener)
  • Ellie Gomersall (NUS President)
  • Dr Alison Nimmo (Glasgow Caledonia University, Head of Academic Development)
  • Luke Millard (Abertay University, Dean of Teaching & Learning)
  • Katrina Castle (Edinburgh University, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Transitions)
  • Stephen Watt (University of the West of Scotland, Careers and Employability Manager)
  • Fiona Burns (Scottish Funding Council, Assistant Director Outcomes, Access)
  • Mary Senior (University and College Union, Scotland Official)
  • Professor Vicky Gunn (Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow, Academic Registrar)


Led by Professor Jo-Anne Baird and Professor Gordon Stobart

  • Dr Lena Gray (Qualifications and Assessment Consultant/Researcher)
  • Emeritus Professor Jenny Ozga (University of Oxford, Department of Education)
  • Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Southern Cross University, Education)
  • Emeritus Professor Dylan Williams (University of London, Assessment)
  • Professor Ewart Keep (University of Oxford, Education, Training and Skills)
  • Professor Anne Looney (Dublin City University, Executive Dean of the Institute of Education)

Allied Discussion Groups Members

Secure Care Centres

  • Good Shephard Centre
  • Kibble education centre
  • St Mary’s Kenmure
  • Rossie
  • Howdenhall

Public and Third Sector Employers

Led by Kevin Kelman, NHS Academy and Karen Reid, NHS Education for Scotland

  • Marion Allison (Community Learning and Development Standards Council)
  • Catherine Cartmell (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Caroline Deane (Scottish Care)
  • Ceri Dodd (Fire Scotland)
  • Jim Duffy (Youth Scotland)
  • Stephanie Harold (Audit Scotland)
  • Jennifer McHarrie (Education at Bòrd na Gàidhlig)
  • Rosie Megginson (Social Work Scotland)
  • James Russell (Skills Development Scotland)
  • Amanda Spark (Improvement Services)

Scottish SME Employers

  • James Whitrod (Sitekit)
  • Carol Nicholson (VSA)
  • Paul Murray (Bon Accord)
  • Shawn Hogg (Air Source 1)
  • Nicola Campbell (HomeFix / Reiver Clyde Homes)
  • Saj Sharif (Zen Consulting)
  • Pauline Scott (Tigers)
  • Janet Menzies (Mage Control Systems)
  • Jamie MacGregor (Dunollie Castle)

Grant Aided Special Schools (GASS)

  • Andrew Philip (Capability Scotland)
  • Catriona Campbell (Eastpark School)
  • Jen Baillie (Craighalbert School)
  • Laura Watkins (Donaldsons School)
  • Lucy Chetty (Sight Scotland)
  • Mandy Shiel, (Harmeny School)



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