Young People to Explore the Future of Assessment

How should young people be able to demonstrate their capabilities in the future? This is the question that a group of young people will help to answer in a new project by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Young Scot.

Over the course of the six-month project, a group of young people will give their views to SQA on the most appropriate ways for learners to demonstrate their skills, while providing the awarding body with the information it needs to certificate their abilities to employers, colleges and universities.

Young Scot is currently recruiting a group of young people to start the project in July. It’s open to young people aged 14-21, from across Scotland and all backgrounds. Young people who want to help shape the future of assessment in Scotland visit

Using Young Scot’s co-design service to support them throughout, the group will be holding workshops with other young people and stakeholders, creating online activities, developing a survey to gather the thoughts of their peers and preparing a final report for publication this winter.

The project is part of a wider piece of work by SQA, looking at the future of assessment, to ensure that their qualifications, and the way they are assessed keep pace with the needs of learners, employers, and society in the future. SQA is engaging with new ideas, and hearing from a wide range of groups.

Martyn Ware, Head of Assessment Futures at SQA, said: “Working with young people through Young Scot will help shape our thinking about what qualifications and assessments are going to look like in the future. We are delighted to be working with Young Scot on this and look forward to hearing the views and insights of young people from all backgrounds and across Scotland. We will consider all their ideas and feedback, along with the other views gathered as part of our investigations into how assessment should look in the future.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said, “As well as being important milestones, assessments are key moments that bring young people together. They are of huge significance, and young people often talk to us and each other about their exams and assessments. Young people need to be at the centre of any decisions about how Scotland carries out assessment and it’s brilliant that SQA is going to be involving them early in any future planning.”

About SQA

SQA helps individuals realise their potential and achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

We work with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop, deliver and accredit qualifications and assessments.

Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA awarding operations annually, ensuring SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards, to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. We provide advice, support, and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to meet a range of educational, development and regulatory requirements.

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