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EIS Welcomes Focus on Improving SQA's Support for Schools

17 January 2017

The EIS has welcomed the publication of a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee which identifies the need for improvements in the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The EIS, and teachers across Scotland, have raised significant concerns regarding the SQA in recent years and have called for the authority to improve its services and its support for schools, teachers and pupils.

Last year, EIS members embarked on a programme of industrial action in relation the excessive workload burden being placed on pupils and teachers by SQA assessment requirements.

This action quickly led to the SQA agreeing to remove compulsory unit assessments from all National 5 and Higher courses as an initial step to reduce workload.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee has produced a very detailed report, which makes clear that the SQA has a significant amount of work to do to build a more constructive and more supportive relationship with schools and teachers.

"The removal of compulsory unit assessments from National 5 and Higher courses, following an industrial action campaign by EIS members, was a positive step in the right direction.

"The Education Committee has looked at the evidence before it, and has produced a report which highlights further steps that the SQA must now take to regain the trust of Scotland’s teachers.

"The EIS will continue to engage constructively with the SQA and other partner bodies to support the delivery of a system that meets the needs of young people, schools and communities across Scotland.”