Scottish Government

Independent review of Scottish qualifications and assessments

11 November 2022: The Scottish Government has announced that it is their intention to reform qualifications and assessments in Scotland.

About the review

To provide guidance for this reform, an independent review of qualifications and assessments has been launched by the Scottish Government, which will run alongside the ongoing National Discussion on education in Scotland.

This review will look more closely at how learner’s achievements should be recognised and looks specifically at issues such as the role of curriculum for excellence, the balance between external and internal assessment, the use of technology and equity.

Details of the review and its background are available on the consultation website:

Hayward Independent Review of Scottish Qualifications and Assessments

This reform process will seek to ensure that all learners’ achievements are fairly recognised to afford every learner an enhanced and fair opportunity to demonstrate the breath, depth and relevance of their learning.  

Submit your view by 16 December 2022

The review is asking for input to the consultation. You can submit your responses via their online survey:

Qualifications and Assessment survey

The National Discussion

Once the consultation on The National Discussion finishes in early December 2022, the findings will also be fed into the review.

More information: Let’s talk Education – The National Discussion

Once the qualifications and assessment review is completed, Professor Louise Hayward will provide recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary in March 2023.   

‘Let’s Talk Scottish Education’ – Our National Discussion

27 October 2022: You may have seen the letter forwarded by the School about Our National Discussion on Scottish Education.

The National Discussion is a chance for everyone to share their hopes and ideas for the future of all aspects of Scottish education, from early years to options for school leavers. 

Have your say

The National Discussion is being run by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and there are many ways parents and carers can contribute, for example: 

Complete the online survey

Our National Discussion survey

Send in your thoughts

Email the National Discussion

Parental engagement charity Connect and the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) want to help families be part of the discussion too, and you can join their National Discussion Facebook Forum.

National Discussion Facebook Forum

Discussions with children and young people

The consultation leaders have also produced age-specific documents to help guide discussions with children, parents and carers at home:

Young children 3-7 years old

Children and young people 8-14 years old

Young adults 15 years and over

Consultation runs until 5 December 2022

You have until Monday 5 December 2022 to take part in the National Discussion and help create a vision for Scottish education for the next 20 years.

More information

Further information is available on the National Discussion website

National Discussion on Scottish Education

Views from parents on Education Scotland and SQA consulation

25 November 2021: Many thanks to all the parents and carers who submitted responses to the Parent Council survey on the future of Scotland’s educational assessment system.

The comments have now been collated and sent to the Scottish Government’s Education Reform Consultation.

The full submission made by the Parent Council can be read at the link below.

Education Reform Consultation JGHS PC

Scotland Learns newsletter

17 June 2021: Education Scotland has issued its latest newsletter – Scotland Learns.

There is loads of information about a wide range of topics including:

  • National e-learning offer
  • Professional learning and leadership
  • Curriculum support
  • Digital learning and teaching
  • Sharing practice
  • Supporting parents and carers
  • Inclusion
  • Community learning and development
  • News and resources

Read the newsletter online

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