Update from the Headteacher re Exams 2021 – 9/12/20

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please see message below from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director, regarding the cancellation of the Higher and Advanced Higher exams for 2021.   I realise that this will cause upset to our pupils and our families but please be reassured by the fact that Dalkeith High School has been planning for this as a contingency since our return in August.  Pupils have been working hard towards the Formal Assessments that they are currently sitting.  Another opportunity to sit Formal Assessments will take place around Easter time.  Other opportunities will be made available within classes to gather any additional evidence required to confirm provisional results that will be submitted to SQA by staff.  Further details will follow at the start of the new term regarding plans for managing assessments for our young people from January to May to ensure that we provide them with the very best opportunities to show their potential.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support.

Allyson Dobson

Yesterday the Deputy First Minster John Swinney announced Highers and Advanced Higher exams will be cancelled for 2020-21.

 Instead, results will be based on teacher judgement of evidence of your child’s attainment.  Your child’s school and the SQA are committed to working together to support teachers.

 A robust quality assurance model similar to that already being carried out to determine provisional results awarded by teachers at National 5 level will be extended to include Higher and Advanced Highers.

 The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is also developing an equality impact assessment as part of this quality assurance model which aims to ensure fair and credible results for all learners.

 We realise today’s announcement, which comes after October’s announcement that National 5 exams too will be cancelled, may be stressful for some pupils and their families.

 We are confident the process for Higher and Advanced Higher provisional results will be in place to make sure your child’s results will be fair.

 If you have any further concerns then please contact your child’s school directly. We will continue to keep you and your child informed of what this means for them as candidates as soon as we can on receipt of further details as a result of today’s announcement.

Fiona Robertson, Executive Director