The Scottish Government has established a Ministerial Task Force to support students to complete their courses.  Colleges Scotland participated in the first meeting on Thursday, 5 February 2021. 

Read our media statement:  pdf Scotland's Colleges Supporting Students in 2021 - Thursday 4 February 2021 (71 KB)

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, presented the Draft Scottish Budget 2021/22 to the Scottish Parliament today (Thursday, 28 January 2021).  Colleges Scotland welcomes this Budget, which recognises the need for investment in learners, staff and our colleges across the country.

Read our  pdf Comment on the Draft Scottish Budget Thursday 28 January 2021 (44 KB)

The Scottish Government has today (Tuesday, 26 January 2021) announced additional funding for students experiencing hardship due to the pandemic.  Read our  pdf Comment on Additional Student Support Tuesday 26 January 2021 (66 KB)

The Commissioner for Fair Access, Sir Professor Peter Scott, has published a report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Fair Access today (Wednesday, 30 December 2020). 

Read Colleges Scotland's  pdf Comment on the Impact of Covid 19 on Fair Access Report Wednesday 30 December 2020 (51 KB)

SQA and Colleges Scotland thank all staff for their continuing help and support in dealing with the challenges which continue to face us all in session 2020-21.

Over the last few months, key stakeholders have worked together to develop a number of necessary changes to the assessment, and quality assurance procedures for Higher National, and vocational qualifications in 2020-21.

SQA and Colleges Scotland continue to work productively and positive discussions are ongoing to confirm an agreed assessment contingency approach for 2020-21, that takes into account the different operating environment in which colleges and other centres are currently working, and maintains the integrity of certification.

The HNVQ 2021 Group will be set up shortly to agree an assessment approach in early 2021. The group will include representation from key HNVQ stakeholders, and be chaired by Fiona Robertson, SQA Chief Executive.