If ever there was an opportunity to have a serious conversation about examination and certification in Scotland, it is surely now ..

Opening Blog

by James McEnaney
@MrMcEnaney

If ever there was an opportunity to have a serious conversation about examination and certification in Scotland, it is surely now.

...

That is where, with luck, exam.scot comes in. This is not the start of a campaign – it is a call to a serious discussion about where we go from here, with all options on the table.

There are two fundamental areas to be examined.

The first is: what sort of certification system do we need and want in Scotland? Do we wish to retain the annual examination cycle we currently depend upon, with students facing final assessments in S4, S5 and S6? Would something like Ireland’s Leaving Certificate, Finland’s National Matriculation Exam, or New Zealand’s National Certificate of Education Achievement offer a better way forward? Is it time to embrace the 21st Century and adopt the Open Badges approach?

...

Once we know what type of system we want, we would then need to decide how it functions. What mechanisms are we to use to assess, in as accurate, fair and meaningful a way as possible, the progress and potential of young people?

Who are we?

The need for a clear space to discuss the future of examination and certification in Scotland arose from a discussion between Isabelle Boyd (@CoradCor1), George Gilchrist (@GilchristGeorge), James McEnaney (@MrMcEnaney), Neil McLennan (@neiledinburgh) and Harold Raitt (@mr_raitt).

But we want this forum to be a genuinely open space for sharing thoughts, facts and proposals about exams in Scotland. Over just a few days, 700+ followers have joined us, ready to start the discussion on Twitter @examscot, or with the hashtag #examscot.

The following additional individuals have already expressed their enthusiasm to join in the discussion here on the website by contributing opinions and proposals:

  • Professor Bob Davies
  • Gillian Hunt
  • Professor Emeritus Brian Boyd
  • Barry Black
  • Drew Burrett
  • Iain White
  • Peter John Yuill
  • Russell Taylor
  • Eileen Imlah
  • Ben Kirk
  • Angela Jaap
If you’d like to join this list, do email us at mail@exam.scot, send us a Direct Message on Twitter, or message us via our Facebook page.
 

Scottish Education’s 10 Letters

by Barry Black@BarryBlackNE Last week I spoke at the Scottish Policy Forum’s Conference on the Review of the Curriculum for Excellence. I set out how …

Read More →

Awaiting the Priestley report

by Isabelle Boyd@CoradCor1 As we approach the end of September, all of us with an interest in Scottish education are awaiting the report from Professor …

Read More →

A change would do you good? – Assessment and examinations in Music

by Dr Angela Jaap@angelajaapLecturer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland The Scottish Government’s ‘U-turn’ on the SQA results has prompted some very lively discussions around the approaches …

Read More →

Teaching (without a final exam): National progression awards in law

by Paul Hamilton@_PaulHamilton Let’s start with a bit of context. I have been a secondary school history teacher for eleven years. In that time, I …

Read More →

Assessment: My road to Damascus

by Iain White@iainwhitecreat1 I believe there is a the need for a change in our assessment practices and I’d like to share where this has …

Read More →

“Inequality runs deeper than paying or not paying for schooling”: a tutor writes

by Hannah Smethurst@HannahSmeth1 Before you read this, it’s important to note that I’m not a “real” teacher. I am a part-time private tutor, offering 1-to-1, …

Read More →
Scroll to Top