No Student to be Disadvantaged by Cancelling SQA Diet

Following the announcement by Deputy First Minister John Swinney that Scottish pupils and students will not be required to sit SQA examinations this year, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, EIS has called for no student to be disadvantaged as a result of the decision.

Mr Swinney announced that, rather than being required to sit exams, pupils will instead be assessed based on prior evidence such as coursework and prelim performance and, also, by the professional judgement of their teachers.

Reacting to the announcement of the cancellation of the SQA diet, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The growing challenges around running the proposed exam diet safely and in the best interests of students, made this decision almost inevitable."

"The key issue now is to ensure that the efforts of pupils and young people are recognised appropriately, particularly for those who potentially are exiting formal education or who require certification as a passport to the next phase of study or employment. No young person should be disadvantaged as a result of the SQA diet being cancelled."

He added, "The EIS has long argued for the centrality of teacher professional judgement - based upon course work, class work, and formal internal assessments – in terms of our assessment approaches."

"Making use of the evidence base which exists in schools, is a sensible approach therefore to delivering accreditation to pupils, and is consistent with an ambition that teachers across the country share."