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Commenting on today’s exam results, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“Teachers have worked tirelessly in extremely challenging circumstances to submit estimated grades that would be fair to all young people and today’s results demonstrate that in the vast majority of cases those estimated grades have been corroborated by the SQA.

“Where a candidate is disappointed with their results they do have the opportunity to appeal and it will be important for both students and teachers that the appeal process is fair and transparent and allows pupils to receive a swift outcome so they can make informed decisions about further study or employment.  

“A lack of clarity remains about the process which will be in place for students due to sit their exams in 2021 and with schools due to begin reopening next week it is now critical that the SQA sets out its plans for the coming year, both in terms of the arrangements for next year’s exams and any changes which will be needed to the exam diet for 2021.

“Given the continuing uncertainty over the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and how this may affect education provision, it is vital that robust contingency plans are in place which will support pupils and teachers to achieve their best and ensure they are not disadvantaged in the event of further disruption.”

Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“Today’s results have been achieved against a backdrop of extraordinary disruption and uncertainty and young people and their teachers must be given the credit they deserve for an outstanding set of results which are the result of much hard work on their part.

“As we look ahead to the 2021 exam season we call on the SQA to ensure it puts the professional judgement of teachers at the heart of its plans.”


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