SQA – Coronavirus Update for National Courses

The following update has been issued by the SQA: 

SQA statement on coursework for National Courses
Tuesday 24 March 2020

Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people’s final grades.

Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.

The current public health advice has meant that we have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.

I appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.

We have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.

We will provide further details on the estimation of grades, that we will need from teachers and lecturers to inform certification, and fuller details of our approach to certification, as soon as possible.

This is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, we continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland’s young people. Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.

Fiona Robertson
SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner

Click here to see this announcement on the SQA’s website.

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HGS Pupil Support Twitter Feed

Our Pupil Support Team have created a Twitter feed to offer continued support during the school closure and beyond. This will allow the them to direct pupils and parents to a range of useful information and supports as well as provide a mechanism to update everyone on the progress the team have been making and how this will improve the service we offer to our youngsters.

Please make sure you follow @HGSPupilSupport on twitter to see these updates.


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SLC Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice – Update 23rd March 2020

From Thursday 24th March South Lanarkshire Council will move towards a hub model which will provide childcare for category 1 key workers children.  Parents are required to apply for places at the 20 hubs.

The full briefing and link to the application form can be found here.

Link to the SLC Advice

All applications must be made by 9.00am on Wednesday 25th March, 2020.

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School Closures – Update for S4-S6 pupils

Hamilton Grammar wants all pupils, parents and staff to know that we will be following the advice of the Deputy First Minister.

John Swinney

Given Friday’s further restrictions on social distancing we need to take more action to keep numbers in schools to an absolute minimum. S4-6 pupils SHOULD NOT attend school to complete coursework.  @sqanews supports this. Grateful to all schools for their support to young people.

S4-S6 pupils SHOULD NOT report to school to complete coursework!

The school will be open for childcare for those category 1 key workers as described on Friday.

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School Closures Update

It is the intention that all SLC schools and early years establishments will open normal hours to provide the option for children of category 1 key workers and during lunch hours for children who are entitled to free school meals. The SLC definition of a category 1 key worker is as follows: Health and Care workers supporting COVID and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care professionals; energy suppliers, staff providing childcare for other category 1 staff e.g. teachers and all other staff including facilities.

To establish the number of category 1 children who may attend school, there will be a further communication.

It is hoped that access for senior students will be possible later in the week – urgent update to follow.

All other learners should access the digital learning platforms noted on the school website.

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Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver career services face to face, but they are still there to help. You can contact your school Careers Advisers, Vivienne McKillop & Stuart Cook for career information, advice and guidance at vivienne.mckillop@sds.co.uk or stuart.cook@sds.co.uk or visit myworldofwork.co.uk .

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Learning from Home in the BGE

In order to support pupils who will be Learning from Home in S1-S3 we have created the following informational video.


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Statement from Headteacher

The Senior Leadership Team notes today’s statement in Parliament from the Deputy First Minister regarding the impact of Covid-19 on pupil education. We will be working hard today and tomorrow to provide further guidance to families as part of the South Lanarkshire Council response to the details in today’s announcement. We are aware the statement contains elements which some Senior Phase students in particular will find challenging.

In the first instance, teaching staff have made schemes of work and other resources and activities available online for all year groups and we are preparing a series of guides for families to support this remote working and learning. We are mindful that some of our young people will require different levels of support with regard to accessing such material and will make arrangements accordingly. Please monitor the website and @officialhgs Twitter feed for updates as these will be our main platforms for communicating at a whole school level; teachers and departments will do so via the Google Classroom vehicle in the main.

Please be assured that we will outline whatever limited access to school may come from today’s statement as soon as we are able; in the meantime, students should be advised by their class teacher about their short term next steps in learning. I thank you in advance for your support in these challenging times.

Best regards,

Graeme Sives

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Exam Supported Study

Exam Supported Study will run up to the Easter holidays for National 5 and Higher pupils. Pupils should sign-up to attend supported study using the sign-up sheets available in departments.

Click the links below to view the study timetable:

National 5 Exam Support 2020

Higher Exam Supported Study 2020 updated

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Active Schools Survey

Active Schools Survey 

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