04 Aug 20

An exceptional year for Scottish exam results

For the first time in history, Scottish students were not able to sit their end of year exams for national qualifications because of the school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Scotland's pupils had sat exams in May and June every year since 1888, including during the two world wars! This meant a system had to be devised to estimate and award final results. The Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scottish Government decided that teachers were best placed to take account of any available work completed throughout a course, and use their knowledge of that work and their pupil's progress to estimate the grade they would have achieved under normal circumstances.

Dougie Atkinson, Senior Professional Officer for Voice the Union in Scotland commented:

"In this exceptional year of all years, it was important that the hard work of young people and their teachers both before and since lockdown in March should not be lost. The efforts of the class of 2020 exam cohort should not be diminished or tarnished because of coronavirus. Voice teacher members in Scotland will have done everything they can to ensure that fair results are awarded today. Congratulations to all involved. 2020 will certainly be a year that none of us in Scottish education will forget." 

Dougie Atkinson, Senior Professional Officer (Scotland)
Email: dougieatkinson@voicetheunion.org.uk



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