Articles tagged with: exams

Cabinet Secretary publishes Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland – 28 June 2016

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary, has today published his plan for the future of our education system. It’s hot off the press – have a read and we will too! No doubt there will be lots of discussion about it over the coming weeks and months – look forward to hearing your views. Delivering Excellence and […]

SQA release statement on 2015 exam results

Today (4 August) the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) announced the results for National Courses and Awards 2015. Results certificates are being sent to 142,862 candidates across Scotland. The candidates have been rewarded for completing coursework, exams and unit assessments throughout the academic year 2014-15 in a wide range of qualifications and subjects. Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s chief […]

A guide to the SCQF for parents and carers

If your child is studying SQA qualifications, the chances are you’ll have heard about the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). SCQF (with the help of SPTC!) have produced this guide specifically for parents and carers. This guide will help you match up your child’s qualification or outside study to the relevant SCQF level. A guide […]

Media Issues for August

School meals Do children go hungry in the school holidays? (BBC News, 03/08/2015) Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual (Guardian, 05/08/2015) PARENTS and carers of city pupils have ruled out any move to close or cut the number of breakfast clubs in schools. (Herald Scotland, 26/08/2015) Exam results […]

Parents’ Voice – National Qualifications and Curriculum for Excellence, September 2014

Parents Voice is SPTC’s on-line survey group, comprising more than 1000 parents who receive occasional on-line surveys on topics relating to education and schooling. This year we surveyed parents on their experiences around the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence and the new National exams. Survey Background 2014 saw the first run of National Qualifications in […]

Media issues for October 2014

Higher Education Undergraduates and employers reap benefits, says Alastair Sim. (Scotsman, 02/10/2014) A GROUNDBREAKING initiative to teach Advanced Highers to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds at a university hub rather than school has been backed by the Education Secretary. (Herald Scotland, 02/10/2014) EDINBURGH is the highest at 36th in the world, followed by Glasgow at 94, […]

Parliament Education Committee – Evidence on National Qualifications/Curriculum for Excellence – September 2014

SPTC was invited to submit evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee about the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence – read our full report here. We have had both formal and informal contact with thousands of parents and carers over recent years: they have responded to our surveys, emailed and phoned with their queries and […]

Media issues for September 2014

Child Protection Postgraduate certificate from NSPCC Scotland and Stirling University wants to equip practitioners for the reality of their work. (Guardian, 01/09/2014) Religion SCOTLAND’S denominational schools would be given constitutional protection in the event of independence, an SNP Government minister has claimed. (Herald Scotland, 15/09/2014) Health A hundred schools across Scotland are attempting to drive […]

Exam Results and next steps – information for parents

Exam results Your child will receive their Scottish Qualifications Certificate by mail on Tuesday 5 August 2014. If they have registered with MySQA they will also receive their results by email or text on the same day. If your child doesn’t understand their certificate or if they think something is missing or wrong, they should […]

Media issues for August 2014

Exams  NEW school qualifications have been hailed a success after more than a year of upheaval in the classroom, although pass rates at Higher and Advanced Higher have fallen. (Herald Scotland, 05/08/2014) TENS of thousands of school students across Scotland will receive their exam results today, with the pass rate falling slightly for the first time in […]

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Media Issues for March 2014

Early Learning and Child Care The age children start school should be lowered to four to help create a “level playing field” for all youngsters, a think tank has suggested. (The Courier, 02/03/2014) Private school child care probed. (The Courier, 10/03/2014) A nursery run by the City of Edinburgh Council has achieved a clean sweep […]

‘Beyond the exam’ – new video for SQA

Students at the City of Glasgow College have made a film as part of their vocational course for the Scottish Qualifications Authority. The film highlights how SQA ensures national standards over time. It explains how Scotland’s new National qualifications system works, giving candidates and their families a clearer insight into the journey an exam paper takes […]

Media issues for January 2014

Teachers The Scottish Government has made over £1 million available to help teachers in their first teaching jobs. (Scottish Government website, 06/01/14) TEACHERS have called for changes to the law to ensure nursery school children are taught by qualified teachers. (Herald Scotland, 30/01/2014) Young people According to a study published by the Prince’s Trust, three […]

Media issues from August 2013

Education Academics at the London School of Economics find that devolution has failed to substantially improve Scotland’s education system. (15/08/13, The Scotsman) A YouGov study says that 62% of those questioned in Scotland preferred state-run schools – the highest figure in the UK. (28/08/13, The Herald) Curriculum for Excellence The SQA says that schools are […]

Statement to The Herald re CfE, August 2013

We’ve had lots of calls at SPTC from journalists writing education stories at the start of the new term. Here’s the comment we made to The Herald, which appeared in print on 12 August. ‘When our new S4s go back to school in the coming weeks they are treading new ground: having moved from the […]

Scottish Exam Results, August 2013

The SQA results published today (6 August 2013) reflect very positively on the efforts of the young people receiving the awards, as well as the efforts of their teachers and parents in supporting them. This is a tense time of year for thousands of families up and down the country and hopefully the vast majority […]

June’s media issues

A round-up of news for June. Schools The New School Action Group (parents) in Edinburgh has entered talks with the council to discuss designing their own primary school. (The Scotsman, 16/06/13) Teachers The EIS teaching union is to discuss industrial action over workload. (The Herald, 04/06/13) SPTC expresses the concern of many parents about the […]

April’s media issues

Our round-up of the news for April. Schools The OECD is to allow individuals to take international tests to see how they compare with the world’s best school systems. (BBC website, 02/04/13) £1 million needs to be raised to save the Ardroy Education Centre in Fife. (The Herald, 02/04/13) Students at Balwearie High School in […]

March media issues

A round-up of topical news for the month of March. Teachers  Scotland’s two largest teaching unions – EIS and SSTA – have attacked a 1.2% increase in pension contributions for school staff. (Various, 01/03/13) The Scottish Government has warned teachers not to take industrial action over pension changes and say this would not be in […]