The Parent Council resource
New Qualifications - August Update
Update for Parents and Carers
A guide about the new qualifications is now available for parents and carers.
The draft Course Specifications for the new Advanced Higher qualifications were published at the end of May.
Use the subject drop-down menu athttp://www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.
We continue to seek your feedback on these documents as the qualifications are developed.
The new Advanced Highers will be introduced in 2015/16.
Assessment overviews have now been published on our website for every Course from National 2 to National 5.
The assessment overviews describe the Course and Unit assessment support materials that we will produce for teachers and lecturers in session 2012/13 by subject and level.
In response to practitioner requests for these materials as early as possible, the Scottish Government has provided additional funding to SQA. This has allowed us to bring forward the publication of these materials. The first package of Unit assessment support will be available in October (as opposed to the original February milestone) and further packages will follow in February and April 2013.
Each package of Unit assessment will provide practitioners with materials that cover the requirements of the Course. It will also provide information on how to gather evidence and make assessment judgments. The materials will be ready to use, but centres will be free to develop their own assessment packages. The Unit assessment support will be published in a secure, electronic format.
The specimen question papers will be published on our website by end of February 2013. All specimen Coursework will be available by 30 April 2013 in a phased release on our website.
Course and Unit assessment support for Highers will be available by the end of April 2014.
Use the subject drop-down menu atwww.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the assessment overviews for each subject.
SQA's next Curriculum Area Events will be held in September 2012. These events will provide a range of information and advice on the design and development of the new qualifications as well as an update on progress in each curriculum area. The events also allow delegates to discuss the final Course and Unit Specifications and Course and Unit delivery for a particular subject in the curriculum area.
The Subject Implementation Events, being run from October 2012 to March 2013, will give subject practitioners an overview of the assessment support materials that will be produced ahead of the new National Courses starting in August 2013 - National 2 to National 5. There will be around 150 events across the country, giving subject staff the opportunity to find out more about the delivery and assessment of the new qualifications, National 2 to National 5. This will include Unit assessment guidance, specimen question papers, coursework and marking instructions.
Education Scotland this week have launched a national campaign which aims to help parents and carers to develop a better understanding of Curriculum for Excellence and to become more involved in their child’s learning.
Parentzone is a website dedicated to providing parents and carers with the most up-to-date information about their child’s education. It provides practical advice and suggests ways in which parents and carers can be involved in their child’s learning, as well as supplying essential information on features of Curriculum for Excellence. Get involved today by visitingParentzone.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. That means building intelligence around the risks, tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or with local and international police forces and working with children and parents to deliver our unique ThinkuKnow internet safety programme. Our approach is truly holistic, our style is totally inclusive and our appeal is to everyone out there to work with us in making every child matter, everywhere
GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family's use of the Internet. More information is available. GetNetWise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation.
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Levels
This Framework diagram has been produced to show the mainstream Scottish qualifications already credit rated by SQA and Higher Education Institutions, however, there are a diverse number of learning programmes on the Framework, which, due to the limitations of this format, cannot be represented here. For more information on other credit rated provision, please visit the SCQF website at www.scqf.org.uk to view the interactive version of the Framework or search the database.
Parenting Across Scotland
Parenting across Scotland supports parents and families through our information service and partners' helplines. We find out what matters to parents and families and what they need, and get this across to politicians. We also share research, policy and good practice with people who work with families.
Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) provides advice, support, resources and staff development to the education community, creating a culture of innovation, ambition and excellence throughout Scottish education
Information about education in Scotland and ideas to help parents support their children’s learning
Curriculum for Excellence
2010 sees the implementation of the new Curriculum for Excellence with the ultimate aim of providing a more flexible and coherent curriculum which will encourage young people to be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
“The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is to ensure that all the children and young people of Scotland develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need if they are to flourish in life, learning and work, now and in the future”
For further information on the Curriculum for Excellence can be found at:
Scottish Parent Teacher Council
We offer help and advice to all parents. On our website you will find advice leaflets and reports, whilst FAQ provides answers to the most commonly-asked questions
Glasgow City Council – Education Dept.
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Scottish Government Schools Directorate. It is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees.
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) – free past exam papers
Don’t buy past standard and higher grade exam papers and answers. Get them free at: