East Lothian Council has today (23 April 2020) issued a News Release entitled "Recognising Pupils: Examination Achievements - East Lothian Council Responds to SQA Announcement".

The news release includes comments from Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown:

"Our young people, their families, and our school staff across East Lothian have been eagerly awaiting this guidance to help them with their next steps. We know that the closure of schools and the cancellation of exams has caused anxiety and uncertainty for our pupils and their families. I’m pleased that the SQA has now confirmed its approach, and I am especially pleased to see recognition that teachers and schools are best-placed to provide a judgement on pupils’ achievements.

"Our schools regularly monitor and track pupils’ progress throughout the academic year as part of our approaches to ensuring high quality learning, teaching and assessment. Teacher professional judgement is at the heart of our approach in Scotland and our teachers are very well placed to provide the information required by SQA.

"We are working with our headteachers and school teams to make sure that our approach across East Lothian is consistent, rigorous and accurately reflects pupils’ achievements. Our teachers will estimate grades using all evidence available to them, with support from their subject faculties, wider school teams and from our central education team."