The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has established a series of Learner Panels. These are panels that allow Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) who are learning in schools, colleges, or universities to give honest and open feedback to the SQA on policies and decisions that impact young people. From January 2021, SYP has been commissioned to support the SQA to ensure the leaner panel is co-designed with a focus on themes including education recovery, assessment, equality, and attainment. You can read notes from a learner panel session in April 2021 here.
This follows previous work SYP has done in partnership with the SQA. We delivered a series of focus groups asking young people what they thought of the proposed changes to the assessment model and the equality impact the alternative certification model will have on learners, which we published in August 2020.
Following that, the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, invited SYP to take a seat on the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group (Liam Fowley MSYP, SYP’s Vice Chair) and an MSYP joined the SQA’s National Qualifications Group (Cameron Garret MSYP, Convener of the Education and Lifelong Learning Convener). These are both very welcome developments in ensuring that young people are listened to, and heard, on issues affecting them.