The date for schools and colleges to submit provisional grades for this year's National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses has been pushed forward by three weeks.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has tweeted this afternoon that the date has been shifted from Friday 28 May to Friday 18 June.
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The news emerged shortly after prime minister Boris Johnson announced that he hoped pupils could start returning to schools in England from Monday 8 March.
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A Scottish government update on the feasibility of returning to school buildings – the vast majority of pupils in Scotland are currently learning from home – is due on Tuesday 2 February.
Latest from the National Qualifications 2021 Group - The date for schools and colleges to submit provisional grades to SQA for this year's N5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses has been moved from Friday 28 May, to Friday 18 June - futher details here https://t.co/SphwkCvI2b pic.twitter.com/LBARa4mBxb— SQA (@sqanews) January 27, 2021
The latest update on how qualifications are to be delivered this year says that the final date for submitting provisional grades has been moved to take account of the switch to online learning, which is expected to last until at least mid-February.
Today's update – from the National Qualifications 2021 Group, which includes the SQA, as well as education directors' body ADES, School Leaders Scotland (SLS) and the EIS teaching union – acknowledges that "teachers, lecturers, parents, carers and learners have questions they would like answered".
It states that "partners are working as quickly as possible in an evolving situation" and that the current priority for schools should be "maximising learning and teaching", with assessment of learner attainment taking place "later in the 2020-21 session".