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At the SQA, the summer break starts in October…

As the rest of the education sector takes a well-earned rest, Tes Scotland gets an exclusive look behind the scenes of the exam body at its busiest time of the year

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As the exams come to an end, for many working in Scottish education, the summer months that follow herald the promise of a seven-week break. But not everyone in the sector gets to have down time.

In fact, at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), it is one of the busiest times of year. And Tes Scotland has gained exclusive access to the exam body’s Edinburgh headquarters to see the action ramping up, shortly before the annual release of thousands of students’ results.

From the second week of June until the first week in July, in meeting after meeting, staff set the grade boundaries for ...

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