Changes to the National Qualifications

Following successful industrial action by EIS members in response to assessment-related workload in the senior phase, mandatory unit assessments are being removed from N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Qualifications on a phased basis from August 2017.

The removal of unit assessment has significant implications for senior phase curriculum architecture and timetabling. This was flagged up to Education Scotland and Scottish Government by the EIS at the point at which the agreement around the removal of unit assessments was reached and repeatedly thereafter.

The Assessment and Qualifications Review Group on March 31st, issued advice on the changes to local authorities, schools and teachers.

The EIS has a clear view that these decisions should have been made much earlier in the session and communicated to schools timeously.

It is over 6 months since agreement was reached on the removal of units and the implications of those changes have been known since last September.

It would seem that the simple lesson from the introduction of the new qualifications, that schools (parent, pupils and staff) need time to adjust to changes has yet to be learned.

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Changes to the National Qualifications

01 February 2018

It is becoming clear that a degree of confusion remains with regard to the implications of ...
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Frequently Asked Questions

09 February 2018

A selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the changes to the National Qualific ...
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Interim Changes to National 5 Qualifications

09 February 2018

Commenting on the interim changes to National 5 Qualifications, announced today by Deputy ...
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Letter of Complaint

14 February 2018

Regarding the recent changes to course specifications, teachers, particularly in Computing ...
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SQA changes to N5 Computing, Biology and Physics

19 February 2018

Advice in light of the increased demands on teacher time to make adjustments to course pla ...
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SQA National Qualifications Update

09 February 2018

An overview of recent changes to the National 4 and National 5 Qualifications.
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SQA Payments for IACCAs

09 February 2018

The SQA wrote to Directors of Education recently indicating the introduction of payment fo ...
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