SQA Announce Nat-5 Coursework Not To Be Marked

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has stated that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic school coursework which has already been submitted by pupils will not be marked.

In The statement posted on the SQA website yesterday April 2nd 2020 it said “Today, I am providing an update in three key areas. Firstly, what evidence-based judgements we need teachers and lecturers to make about their learners’ grades to help inform certification at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. Secondly, the marking of National 5 coursework. Finally, details on our approach to the certification of National 2, National 3 and National 4 courses, National Certificates, National Progression Awards, Skills for Work courses, Awards, and free-standing units at SCQF levels 5, 6 and 7.”
“Last week I announced, that due to the latest public health advice on social distancing, we would not be marking coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. I also said that we had already received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and had contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements.
While considering the required arrangements, it has become clear that we can no longer proceed with the marking of the National 5 coursework received to date, in a safe and secure manner, that maintains the integrity of national standards. 
I know this will be disappointing news to many of you. We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all National 5 learners, whilst responding to the real risks to our operations, including current public health guidance, the safe receipt and delivery of coursework materials and difficulties in delivering some of the key processes remotely, which are so central to the work we do each year.  
We will not be returning National 5 coursework to schools and colleges, but we hope that the coursework may be used at a later stage, as part of an appeals service. 
We also do not require centres to submit marks for internally assessed coursework.”


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