New National Qualifications – Support and information for Parents
Update from the Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has a number of resources for parents to help you understand the changes to Scotland’s qualifications.
The parent and carer section of the SQA website explains how and why Scottish qualifications are changing and what the changes mean for young people and their families.
Their new video introduction explains the changes and outlines the information available on their website.
Their Mythbuster videos answer common questions about the new qualifications to help parents understand what’s happening – these new clips are now available. They also have videos explaining othe development process and the groups working with SQA to develop the new qualifications.
There is a leaflet especially for parents and carers which can also be downloaded from the SQA website or is available from schools.
On 31 August 2011 SQA published Unit Specifications for National 4 and National 5, Course Rationales and Summaries for Access 2, Course Rationales and Summaries for Access 3, and Course Specifications for Higher.
The documents are quite technical and are aimed at teachers and education specialists but are also available for parents to comment on.