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Moving Schools (Effect on Qualifications)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd April 2020.

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Photo of Beatrice Wishart Beatrice Wishart Liberal Democrat

This is a question for the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, and it follows on from the questions about the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

When it comes to the awarding of qualifications and the moderation process, how will the system deal with situations in which pupils and teachers have recently changed schools and the effect of that with regard to teachers not knowing their pupils?

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

I think that it would probably be best for me to ask the chief examiner to respond directly to the point that Beatrice Wishart has raised, which I recognise is an important issue. My sense is that there would have to be dialogue between the relevant teachers from the pupil’s current school and their previous school to enable the estimated grade to be submitted by the school at which the young person is currently registered as a pupil.

However, given the level of operational detail to which Beatrice Wishart’s question relates, I think that I had better ask the chief examiner to write to her on it, and I will arrange for that to happen after this question time.