Pupils and students across Scotland will receive their Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) grades on Tuesday 4 August 2020.
But, of course, this year will be very different. The qualifications which get the most attention are National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers. This year these qualifications will not be based on candidates’ coursework and exams, but rather will be based on their teachers’ judgements.
This blog, from the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) , will look at the cancellation of the 2020 exam diet and the method of certification the SQA has put in place for those qualifications.
Brexit Update Latest Issue #89
NEW PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET
- Who has responsibility for Brexit in the new Cabinet?
- What is the new Prime Minister’s Brexit policy?
- Reaction from the Scottish Government
- Reaction from the European Commission
- Reaction from Ireland
NO-DEAL ANALYSIS AND PREPARATIONS
- New UK Government no-deal preparations
- Commons Report: consequences of no-deal for UK business
- OBR: no-deal fiscal stress test
SPICe have been producing the Brexit Update since 15 September 2016. Catch up on past editions at the following link: www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/101103.aspx.
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In now 5 sessions of the Scottish Parliament, parliamentary committees and our research service – SPICe – have published hundreds of reports and briefings as part of their consideration of legislation, inquiries, petitions and the myriad of different issues that make up a modern Parliament.
But we’ve never sought to improve the look and utility of our documents. We’ve always published them online, but given little thought to what the reader wants. With the explosion in the growth of PCs, tablets and smartphones, providing documents designed for the digital age is key. So is thinking about what the reader wants to read – 200 pages of closely typed text with a beginning, middle and the conclusions right at the end, or bite-sized chunks of information with the main messages and conclusions upfront?
As part of the Parliament’s overall Digital Programme, committee reports and SPICe briefings have been overhauled and modernised. This has involved a move towards an XML editing tool to enable us to write in HTML for direct publishing to the web. Whilst the PDF is not quite dead – it still forms our historic record for archival purposes – the aim is to focus on the online versions to make them more readable, with a higher content of infographics and multi-media, and with the purpose of allowing the reader to read as much or as little and s/he wants.
Before and After
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Another wee piece of news via recent SWOP Directory entry updates, in case you didn’t notice…
The Scottish Parliament has a lovely new dotscot domain name: http://www.parliament.scot/
Though the clever IT boffins have linked it to their old one for pain free re-direction, it does mean SPICe’s email address has changed too. They can now be contacted at: email@example.com
Also, for your information, particular strengths of the SPICe collection are:
Laid papers, items associated with parliamentary question responses.
Thanks to Kathryn Appleby-Donald for the update
Please note: a new feature has just been added to the website – an RSS link to the current edition of the Scottish Parliament’s Weekly eBulletin.
You’ll find the link in the sidebar, underneath the ‘Latest news’ section. I hope you find it useful.
The Scottish Parliament Information Service (SPICe) have launched their Referendum Hub.