Key Points
  • Key update on Scotland's schools and exams
  • SQA Exams: Understanding how pupils will be graded for National 5 and delivering effective continuous assessment and course work measures
  • Ensuring fairness and equality for delivering Higher and Advanced Higher assessment and qualifications
  • Ensuring the system for awarding grades is credible and robust
  • Reviewing strategies to support teachers workloads and manage anxiety due to the changes in exam and qualification delivery
  • Exploring the impact of exams cancellation on students and supporting them to achieve the best possible outcomes in their exams


Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Amanda Baldwin, Senior Widening Access Outreach Officer, University of Strathclyde
  • Cheryl Burnett, South Lanarkshire, National Parents Forum for Scotland
  • Mike Corbett, National Executive Member, NASUWT
  • Cameron Garrett MYSP, MYSP for Argyll and Bute, Convener of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Douglas Hutchinson, Lead Officer, South West Educational Improvement Collaborative, and Director of Education, South Ayshire Council
  • Jo Kirby, Lead Officer Northern Alliance and Poverty/Closing the Gap Education & Social Care, Moray Council
  • Sinead Mc Brearty, Chief Executive, Education Support
  • Mairi McKinnon, Manager, Lift Off
  • Tina Woolnough, Communications Manager, Connect


As National 5 and Higher examinations have been cancelled it is of paramount importance that school leaders are planning for 2021 qualifications to effectively transition to alternative assessment models, and ensuring fairness and credibility of results. Managing the impact of the ongoing pandemic and continued disruption to learning, is an unprecedented challenge.

Join Holyrood Insights National 5 and Higher Examinations 2021 Conference and hear from school leaders, exam boards and experts to explore the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 on exams. You will gain strategies to effectively transition to the coursework and continuous assessment required for National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers.

You will gain insight on how best to support staff and students, as we transition to continuous assessment. Explore how to mitigate the impact of self-isolation and unequal time away from face-to-face teaching to ensure continuity of education and prepare students for the best possible outcomes.

Douglas Hutchinson, Director of Education at South Ayshire Council will be discussing with Jo Kirby, Lead Officer of Northern Alliance and Poverty/Closing the Gap Education & Social Care, Moray Council, on how to raise attainment and make demonstrable progress in closing the gap between children who are the least and most disadvantaged.

The Forum is designed for all Secondary School Headteachers, Deputy Heads and SQA Coordinators, Exam Boards, Central Government, and local education authorities.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

09:10 - 09:40
Keynote – Exploring the impact of Covid 19 on Scotland's Exams 2021

 
  • Understanding how schools, further education institutions and universities can prepare for exams and results in 2021 
  • Ensuring that learning is assessed fairly and consistently so that pupils can be confident in the results they gain 
  • Developing an alternative approach based on teacher judgement, supported by assessment resources and quality assurance 
  • Managing the continuation of self-isolation and time away from school and ensuring continuity of education
9.30 - 9.40 Questions and Discussion 

09:40 - 10:10
SQA Exams - How Pupils Will Be Graded for National 5? Transitioning to continuous assessment

 
  • Practical guidance on evidence gathering and estimation for a consistent approach to moderation and assessment 
  • Gathering quality key evidence rather than quantity to provide a good predictive value for National 5 to provide 
  • Working collaboratively on school contingency plans reflecting scenarios that may occur as we continue to operate under COVID restrictions 

10:00 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

10:10 - 10:40
Higher and Advanced Higher Exams: Basing Awards on Teacher Judgement of Evidence of Learner Attainment

 
  • Ensuring fair and consistent awarding for Higher and Advanced Higher courses
  • Recognising the reality of the disruption so many pupils have already had to their learning
  • How will students get National 5 and Highers and Advanced Highers qualifications and be admitted to university?
  • Exploring the possibility of reducing University entry requirements for 2021 in recognition of the disruption to education caused by the coronavirus crisis
10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Mairi McKinnon Manager, Lift Off

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Amanda Baldwin Senior Widening Access Outreach Officer, University of Strathclyde

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10:40 - 11:00
Intermission

 

11:00 - 11:40
Supporting Teachers: Ensuring quality of teaching and supporting mental wellbeing

 
  • Ensuring an effective balance of learning, teaching and assessment to maintain quality in pedagogy and curriculum delivery
  • Providing the right support for teachers in preparing, assessing, standardising and moderating the exams and qualifications
  • How can schools best support staff to cope with the anxiety and concerns they have in planning the new assessment model?
11:30 - 11:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Mike Corbett National Executive Member, NASUWT

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Sinead Mc Brearty CEO, Education Support

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11:40 - 12:20
Panel Discussion: Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education and Examinations

 
  • Managing the attainment gap and preparing for equitable alternatives for possible future exam cancellations to mitigate any additional disadvantages faced by marginalised groups
  • Promoting educational equity with The Pupil Equity Funding to help schools support children gain equality of education prior to exams
  • Enabling Head Teachers to fulfil an empowered role, supported by Regional Improvement Collaboratives and local authorities

12:10 - 12:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Douglas Hutchinson Lead Officer, South West Educational Improvement Collaborative, and Director of Education, South Ayshire Council

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Jo Kirby Lead Officer Northern Alliance and Poverty/Closing the Gap Education & Social Care, Moray Council

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12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Supporting Students to mitigate disruption to learning, exam preparation, and Mental Wellbeing

 
  • Relieving the pressure and anxiety facing young people, as they experience ongoing disruption and uncertainty surrounding exams and assessment of their learning
  • How can parents and teachers work together to supporting pupils’ mental health and wellbeing due to Covid-19 and the pressure of continuous assessment
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to engagement and learning to improve the life chances of our most vulnerable learners
12:40 - 12:50 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Cheryl Burnett Vice-Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland

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Tina Woolnough Acting Comms Officer, Connect and Chair, Blackhall Nursery

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Cameron Garrett MYSP MYSP for Argyll and Bute, Convener of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, Scottish Youth Parliament

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Amanda Baldwin Senior Widening Access Outreach Officer, University of Strathclyde

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Cheryl Burnett Vice-Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland

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Mike Corbett National Executive Member, NASUWT

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Cameron Garrett MYSP MYSP for Argyll and Bute, Convener of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee, Scottish Youth Parliament

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Douglas Hutchinson Lead Officer, South West Educational Improvement Collaborative, and Director of Education, South Ayshire Council

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Jo Kirby Lead Officer Northern Alliance and Poverty/Closing the Gap Education & Social Care, Moray Council

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Sinead Mc Brearty CEO, Education Support

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Mairi McKinnon Manager, Lift Off

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Tina Woolnough Acting Comms Officer, Connect and Chair, Blackhall Nursery

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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