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Midlothian Council's Response to SQA Announcement April 2020

Recognising Pupils’ Examination Achievements

Midlothian Council’s response to SQA announcement April 2020


The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has confirmed the process for determining 2020 results following the suspension of the normal examination diet due to COVID-19.

Senior pupils across Midlothian have been given assurances that fairness and integrity will be key when determining exam results this year.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has this week issued guidelines and further details on the certification model for all pupils.

Underpinning the national approach will be three key principles.

These are:

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

The estimates from teachers or lecturers will be submitted to SQA by May 29.

Results are due to be issued on August 4.

After 4 August, a free appeals service will be available to schools and colleges, to allow them to request a review of the grade awarded for a learner or a group of learners

We appreciate your continued cooperation and support during these unprecedented times and ask that you do not contact your school regarding estimated grades. Parents and Pupils can find further details at

The SQA have also outlined answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions.

The SQA recommends that all learners sign-up to MySQA to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has previously signed up to receive their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and the SQA are asking those learners to review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.



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