On 11 August Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that an Independent Review, led by Professor Mark Priestley of Stirling University, would be commissioned to look at events following the cancellation of this year’s examination diet. Given the urgency, the DFM asked for an initial report with recommendations on how things should go forward this coming year to be made within five weeks.
A panel including SSTA members met with Professor Priestley last week. Additionally, the SSTA Education Committee responded to Professor Priestley’s request for a position paper with the attached. It is anticipated that a confidential draft report on findings will be presented to ministers next week, with a final report published by 30th Sept 2020.