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  • Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority - independent review: consultation

    Created: 02/10/2021

    A consultation has been launched on plans to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and reform Education Scotland (ES).

    All those with an interest in education, including parents, carers, young people, teachers and lecturers, are invited to give their views.

    The consultation seeks opinions and ideas on:

    • the replacement of the SQA
    • the possible creation of a single specialist agency for curriculum and assessment
    • plans to substantially reform ES, including removing inspections from its functions

    A report published in June by international education experts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) backed Curriculum for Excellence as the right approach for Scotland. It also recommended changes to the national education agencies, which have been accepted by the Scottish Government.

    Professor Ken Muir, of The University of the West of Scotland, is acting as an independent adviser to the Scottish Government on the SQA and ES plans. The consultation has been launched on his behalf. Responses should be submitted by 26 November 2021.

    Find out more.

    Supporting children and young people to have their say:

    To ensure that children and young people can have their say too Together, Scottish Youth Parliament and Children’s Parliament have created materials to support their involvement. 

    For young people at secondary school or college, there is an online survey to complete independently. This can be accessed here. This will close on 19 November.

    Also, groups of children and young people can be supported to get involved via these consultation packs. There is a primary school age pack and a secondary school age/college pack. There are a number of statements to get children and young people talking about their experience of school and learning. 

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