SQA Appeals process published
On Wednesday 2 June, the new Cabinet Secretary for Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, gave a statement to the Scottish Parliament sharing the appeals process for the 2021 national qualifications. Since then MSYPs have made clear on social media and in the media that the appeals system as published is not fair for young people and does not do enough for young people.
On Thursday 3 June the Scottish Parliament held a debate on education recovery, at which the Cabinet Secretary announced plans to reform the sqa and Education Scotland and the appeals process was a key focus. A number of MSPs used quotes and calls from MSYPs including Ellie Craig MSYP, Cameron Garrett MSYP, and Liam Fowley MSYP.
You can see MSYPs making calls for changes to the appeals process to uphold young people's rights in the media here:
If you would like to speak to your MSP about these issues, you can find out more about SYP's position by reading Liam Fowley MSYP's quote by clicking here <https://syp.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ee1e06b36e4ad5419412b8e7d&id=05885acbbc&e=41b3277343> . Our calls so far could be broadly summarised as:
1. Amend the appeals process to include a policy of no-detriment and to take into account exceptional circumstances.
2. In any review of education institutions, meaningfully engage with young people from the earliest possible stage.