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    Exams to go ahead next year

    Written by on August 18, 2021

    The Scottish Government says National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead next year – if it’s safe to do so.

    If public health conditions don’t allow for an exam diet to go ahead, teacher judgement will be used to make grades.

    Exams have been scrapped for the last two years due to the pandemic.

    Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

    “Exams will take place next year if safe to do so.

    “Fairness for learners sitting exams in 2022 is at the heart of our plans. Assessment modifications across national courses for the next academic session have already been confirmed by the SQA in recognition of the disruption to learning that young people have experienced. We will set out details on further support available for learners in September..  

    “Careful contingency planning has taken place in case there is further significant disruption to learning or if public health conditions do not allow for the holding of an examination diet.

    “These contingencies offer stability for teachers and learners in the coming academic session and will allow their focus to be on normal practices in teaching, learning and assessment.  More detailed guidance will be issued by the SQA at the earliest opportunity.”