In line with its 2021/22 SNP Programme for Government, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on plans to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and reform Education Scotland (ES).
All those with an interest in education, including parents, carers, young people, teachers and lecturers, are invited to give their views.
The consultation seeks opinions and ideas on:
the replacement of the SQA
the possible creation of a single specialist agency for curriculum and assessment
plans to substantially reform ES, including removing inspections from its functions
A report published in June by international education experts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) backed Curriculum for Excellence as the right approach for Scotland. It also recommended changes to the national education agencies, which have been accepted by the Scottish Government.
Professor Ken Muir, of The University of the West of Scotland, is acting as an independent adviser to the Scottish Government on the SQA and ES plans. The consultation has been launched on his behalf.
Professor Muir said:
“The OECD report in June notes that engagement lies at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence and that the voices of young people, parents, teachers, lecturers and leaders, as well as other stakeholders, should be at the centre of education policy development.
“Therefore, this consultation is an open invitation for all who have an interest in Scottish education to engage in helping set the direction of travel for the future of Scottish education.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“The planned changes should lead to long lasting improvements in the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in Scotland’s education system.”
“The views of young people, parents, teachers and schools will be central to education reforms and I encourage everyone across North Ayrshire who has an interest in education to take the consultation before it closes on 26 November.”
Professor Muir is working with Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament, Together, an Expert Panel, and a Practitioner and Stakeholder Advisory Group comprising over 50 agencies and organisations likely to be impacted by the reform.
Recommendations are expected to be made in January 2022.
Access the consultation here.