Opinions

The ‘Opinions’ section of this website is where we collect blogs from teachers, academics, pupils, parents, politicians, business, industry, and anyone else who wants to share their thoughts on examinations in Scotland.

If you’d like to contribute a blog to our Opinion section, please contact us by email mail@exam.scot or by direct message on Twitter; we’d love to feature your thoughts on the site.

SQA – The Root of the Problem

by Chris Noble@BrotherMunro I have a tendency to look for the root of a problem – it is a curse that goes along with being …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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, …

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The fault in our system: suggestions for assessing english

by Sammy McHugh@MsSammyMcHugh 2020 has been a challenging year, and in many ways the exam furore has been the tin lid for those of us …

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Five steps to better exams

by Melvyn RoffePrincipal, George Watson’s College, Edinburgh@roffeme Firstly, we have to be humble and realise that all examination systems are flawed. We should thus be …

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In defence of exams

by Matthew Marr@MrMarrHistory It’s not hard to find reasons to criticise the exam system. Some say it’s unfair to base a child’s future on a two …

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Status Quo or Something Else?

by George Gilchrist@GilchristGeorge The current debacle and furore around examination results across Scotland, and the rest of the UK, has revealed to many some of …

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On self-evaluation, continuous assessment, examinations and wine-coloured folders

by Professor Brian BoydEmeritus Professor of Education at Strathclyde University  Amidst the current furore of the exam system, I’d like to propose an alternative process. …

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This is not a political statement, but Scotland is a conservative country. Take a look at education.

by Isabelle Boyd@CoradCor1 About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a hospitality school in Paris. It was assessment day and the students …

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Unit eAssessments, coursework, exams and ‘Learner Credits’: A new 4-part approach to assessment

by Drew Burrett@PhysicsDrewPhysics Teacher and Institute of Physics Coach   It has been a long, long time since I last blogged, but the recent issues …

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Starting a new conversation about examination and certification in Scottish schools

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. The …

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