The SQA have today (20 April 2020) released a statement "Delivering Results in 2020" with guidance to schools and colleges that will help teachers and lecturers determine the estimate grades, underpining certification for this year's SQA National Courses.

Students are being encouraged to sign-up for and activate a MySQA account, and check out the Learner FAQs.

SQA are basing all of their work on three broad principles, whilst adapting to the current challenges we all face:

  • Fairness to all learners;
  • Safe and secure certification of our qualifications, while following the latest public health advice; and 
  • Maintaining the integrity and credibility of our qualifications system, ensuring that standards are maintained over time, in the interests of learners.

The process involved is highlighted below with the full detail available on the SQA Update "Delivering Results in 2020" from Fiona Robertson - SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer.

  • Step 1 - Estimates
  • Step 2 - Awarding
  • Step 3 - Results and Certification
  • Step 4 - Appeals

"We know that this is an uncertain time for you and the children in your care. Your children have worked hard throughout the year and will now be worried about what the changes we've made to the assessment of our qualifications will mean for them. We aim to support you as parents and carers with guidance, resources and answers to your questions and will keep you updated as more information becomes available."

The SQA Parent/Carer Support Portal also contains some useful information on:

  • Home Learning Support and Resources
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
  • Your Questions Answered

All of the above information and more can be read in detail directly on the SQA Coronavirus website.