SQA PRESENTATION POLICY (ABRIDGED)
The overall aim of this policy is aspirational and is to enable pupils to be presented, and achieve success, at the highest appropriate level for them.
To ensure that pupils are being presented at the correct level, close monitoring of pupil performance is supported by a system of ‘Alert’ letters so that all concerned (student, parent/carer, PT, PT PC) are aware of possible underperformance in any course:
- After sitting a NAB or Unit Assessment or where general concerns regarding progress are identified.
Parents/Carers of pupils shall be informed via an ‘Alert’ Letter 1 which outlines the reason for the concern and the possible course of action required. This letter can be issued at any stage during the course.
At this stage pupils and Parents/Carers also have the opportunity to discuss the concerns raised with their child’s Principal Teacher Pastoral Care.
(ii) After re-sitting a NAB or Unit Assessment and failing to pass.
Parents/Carers of pupils who are unsuccessful will be informed via an ‘Alert Letter 2 which details a change in presentation as only a single resit is permitted under SQA regulations. Again, all parties involved in the decision-making process should sign the form, but no response from parents will be assumed to be agreement to the change.
Again at this stage an opportunity will be offered to pupils and Parents/Carers to meet with the appropriate Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care.
(iii) After Prelim Exams
The position of each pupil is reviewed and discussed with the pupil by their course teacher and Principal Teacher Faculty if appropriate.
Pupils who achieve less than 40% in any prelim exam will have their situation reviewed and parents/Carers will be informed using Alert Letter 3 Post Prelim Amendment Recommendation if a change is the recommended outcome. Reviews are done on an individual basis and the following factors used to determine the final presentation level for that pupil:
- % mark attained in prelim exam
- whether or not NABs have been passed, and the number already passed
- whether or not coursework is ‘on track’
- the pupil’s performance in their other subjects
- the importance of the subject for the pupil’s future
These procedures will be completed before the end of February in the presenting session. As previously all parties involved in the decision-making process should sign the form, but no response from parents will be assumed to be agreement to the change.