The Qualifications Support Team (QST) for this area met this morning. This was the first time that we combined the teams for both non-advanced and advanced, having previously organised separate meetings. We did this because of the overlap between topics, which often span the advanced/non-advanced divide. It seemed to work well. Fifteen people attended the meeting. There were representatives of colleges, schools and training providers.
QSTs are there to support qualifications. This includes recommending support materials to develop or advising on changes to qualifications. We have one face-to-face meeting per year but we also keep in touch, and make decisions, between meetings via an e-group.
One of the key functions of the QST is to consider proposals from centres for changes to units or awards, and the meeting today consider four such proposals. In the majority of cases, we approved the suggested changes.
QSTs illustrate how SQA works with centres to continually monitor and improve awards. We are looking for more members from the school and training sectors so please contact Hilary if you are interested in serving on this committee. Or complete a comment form if you want to suggest changes to awards or propose new support materials.