Mon 7 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens have backed a call from the Scottish Youth Parliament, Children's Commissioner and leading academics for urgent changes to the appeals process for this year's school grades.

The letter calls for changes including a policy of no-detriment to allow young people to appeal without fear of being downgraded, a key ask of the Scottish Greens.

Commenting, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

“Some students will have lost immediate family members to COVID just days before sitting their assessments. Not only were their teachers barred from considering that when issuing initial grades, the SQA will not even allow it to be considered in the appeals process. As the signatories to this letter point out, this system does not uphold young people’s rights.

“There is no excuse for this, given the extensive advice and support the SQA and government were offered over many months by those such as the Children’s Commissioner. The government have now accepted the need to reform the SQA, but if they do not fix the appeals system immediately those reforms will come far too late for this year’s pupils.”

Get involved

More like this

Greens: Scotland needs powers to crackdown on dirty money

Tue 5 Oct, 2021

The UK's extensive involvement in the 'Pandora Papers' tax avoidance scandal shows the need for Scotland to have the full taxation powers which come with independence, according to the Scottish Greens.

The call follows the publication of the ‘Pandora Papers’, the biggest ever leak of offshore data. The release has been coordinated by a team of 600 reporters around the world.

The papers underline the central role of the UK, its overseas territories and the City of London in particular, in “dirty money” and the offshore world.

Fight for the planet: Greens applaud climate strikers

Fri 24 Sep, 2021

The Scottish Greens have encouraged young people to 'fight like hell for the planet' at today's global climate strike rallies.

Scottish Green MSPs attended strikes across the country, with Maggie Chapman speaking in Edinburgh and Ross Greer in Glasgow. Gillian Mackay attended a protest in East Kilbride, Ariane Burgess in Forres and Mark Ruskell was in St Andrews.

Greens: exam appeals system must not embed inequality

Thu 16 Sep, 2021

The system of appealing exams should not give those at wealthy private schools an unfair advantage, the Scottish Greens have said.

At FMQS Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer raised the issue after exams body the SQA published plans for next year’s assessments, which suggested direct appeals would remain in place if exams were again disrupted by COVID. 

The pre-COVID system of appeals saw schools charged a fee by the SQA if they wished for a pupil’s exam paper to be remarked. This led to private schools appealing grades far more than state schools.