Information updates on the current issues surrounding the 2020 SQA exam results
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Tuesday 11 August
Following on from Education Secretary John Swinney’s statement to Parliament, where it was announced all downgraded awards will be withdrawn and results re-issued based solely on teacher or lecturer judgement.
Friday 14 August 2020
Following the Deputy First Minister’s Ministerial Direction to SQA on Tuesday 11 August, relating to SQA’s certification model for 2020, SQA can now confirm that the Deputy First Minister has directed us to provide an appeals process for centres.
This appeals process allows for three grounds upon which centres can submit an appeal.
Firstly, centres can submit an appeal if they discover that an administrative error was made when they submitted their estimate or entry information for a candidate.
Secondly, a centre’s internal review process may disclose that a candidate’s estimate was affected by discrimination or other conduct by the centre that is unacceptable under the Equality Act 2010.
Lastly, where the Head of Centre believes that there has been an error within SQA’s internal processes for confirming results to centres following the 11 August announcement, they can also appeal.
SQA anticipates that in all three circumstances such appeals will arise only exceptionally.
Priority will be given for candidates who need to confirm a university or college place. Outcomes of these appeals will be advised to UCAS by 4 September.
Wednesday 19 August
Following the Deputy First Minister’s direction to SQA, there are three grounds upon which a centre can submit an appeal.
The Head of Centre believes there has been:
It is only the Head of Centre, or their nominated representative, using their professional judgement and discretion, who can submit an appeal.
Ground 2 above does not permit an appeal where the centre seeks to revise the original estimate on the basis that it considers that its academic judgement as to the estimate in May was wrong.
Centres are asked to ensure the following in progressing an appeal:
Useful resources for more information
Click here to visit UCAS – information on revised University place offers
Click here to visit the SQA website – for information on appeals and other candidate information