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SQA Must Rethink Exam Paper Policy and Demonstrate Greater Trust in Teachers

Wednesday 3 May 2017

The EIS has called for the SQA to rethink its new policy on the sharing of examination papers with teachers.

The new SQA policy will withhold exam papers from teachers immediately following an exam, making it impossible for pupils to receive timely feedback from their teachers.

Commenting on the new policy, while noting that the SQA has received some criticism in recent years over the content of some exam papers, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "It is disappointing that the SQA is apparently putting the management of its own public image ahead of the desire of pupils to discuss exam papers with their teachers.

"It is very important for pupils, following the often stressful experience of an exam, to have the opportunity to discuss the paper with their teachers and to receive feedback while the experience is fresh in their mind.

"This then allows pupils to put that exam behind them, and free them up to mentally prepare for their next exam.

"It is not in the interest of pupils to prolong this process unnecessarily, as this can lead to increased worry and stress on the part of the young people concerned.”

Mr Flanagan added, "The SQA should rethink this policy, show greater trust in the teaching profession and support teachers in continuing to put the interests of pupils first.

"Some teachers will be suspicious that this new policy is simply a case of the SQA trying to avoid scrutiny of its own standards.”