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‘We’re passionate about doing the right thing’

SQA chief executive Janet Brown on why Scotland’s exam body is more than just a ‘faceless bureaucracy’

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Janet Brown doesn’t have to think for long when you ask her what the biggest misconception about the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is.

“That it’s all our fault!” she says, smiling with a slight grimace.

The “all” in her pithy answer covers a lot. SQA, where Brown has been chief executive since 2007, has frequently been the focus of teachers’ ire in recent years, whether over controversial exams, breakneck changes to qualifications, perceived slights on the profession, or just a general sense that SQA is an aloof and opaque sort of organisation.

During one grilling by MSPs at the ...

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