Reform of SQA and Education Scotland Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group: draft terms of reference

Draft terms of reference for the Reform of SQA and Education Scotland Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group.


The Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group will play an important role in supporting the work of the Advisor to the Scottish Government on the reform of Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and his Expert Panel.


The purpose of the Advisory Group is to provide feedback, input and advice on the work of the Advisor and Expert Panel as it progresses, and for its members to communicate and engage with their own organisations and wider networks. The Group will be chaired by Professor Ken Muir.

Membership and ways of working

Membership of the Advisory Group is below. Membership is necessarily extensive to cover the wide range of interests in the work. It is recognised that other organisations with a legitimate interest in the reform may emerge as work progresses and, although not members of the Advisory Group, their views will be sought and taken on board. To ensure that as wide a range of views as possible on the reform are available to the Advisor, it is expected that Advisory Group members will support communication and engagement with wider stakeholders. 

Given the size of the Advisory Group, it is anticipated that it will meet virtually and collectively only twice, once near the beginning and once near the end of the Advisor and Panel’s six months of work. It is also anticipated that Group members will engage in themed round table discussion with sub-sets of Group members and relevant wider stakeholders on the design and implementation of the OECD’s recommendations for structural and functional change of SQA and Education Scotland (see Advisor’s remit for more detail). Members of the Advisory Group will provide input as necessary to the Advisor and Expert Panel throughout the duration of the work. This will allow members to have the opportunity to support the Advisor and Expert Panel by providing advice on issues, implications, feasibility, risks and dependencies relating to the reform of Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

In additional to the planned national consultation, Advisory Group members will be encouraged to engage their own organisations and wider networks as appropriate, however in the interests of the free and frank exchange of views group members may be asked to handle certain information sensitively.

Frequency of meetings

It is expected the Advisory Group will meet at least twice between August and November 2021 and will engage in and support a number of themed round table sub-group discussions involving a number of Advisory Group members in addition.


The Advisory Group will be supported by secretariat provided by Scottish Government officials based in Learning Directorate.

Proposed membership

  • Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES)

  • Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)

  • Building Our Curriculum Self-Help Group (BOCSH)

  • Bòrd na Gàidhlig

  • Care Inspectorate

  • Caring and Learning Alliance (CALA)

  • Children in Scotland (CIS)

  • Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland (CLDMS)

  • Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council

  • Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)

  • College Development Network

  • Colleges Scotland

  • Commissioner for Children and Young People

  • Connect


  • Early Years Scotland (EYS)

  • Education Scotland (ES)

  • Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) Teaching Union

  • Employers Forum

  • FDA Union

  • Federation of Awarding Bodies

  • General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS)

  • NASUWT, Teachers’ Union

  • National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

  • National Union of Students Scotland (NUS)

  • The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS)

  • Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

  • Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs)

  • Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE)

  • Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES)

  • Scottish Council of Deans of Education (SCDE)

  • Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)

  • Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC)

  • Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)

  • Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

  • Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

  • School Leaders Scotland (SLS)

  • Social Work Scotland

  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

  • Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA)

  • Unison

  • Unite

  • Universities Scotland

  • Voice

  • Who Cares? Scotland

  • Young Scot

  • YouthLink Scotland

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