Case study - Scottish Qualifications Authority

Celebrating the achievements of care experienced young people

On August 4 2015, young people across Scotland waited anxiously for their exam results. Many had their parents on hand to offer a congratulatory or consoling hug. Celebrating the achievements with care-experienced young peopleHowever, many care experienced young people may have opened their results alone.

To help provide some of that support, in their role as a Corporate Parent, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) spent time with some of these young people on Results Day. Members of SQA staff and their Board of Management met with, listened and heard about the achievements and future aspirations of a number of care experienced learners.

Who Cares? Scotland Corporate Parenting Training & Education Manager, Kevin Browne, said of one of their care experienced ambassadors,

Connor told me that SQA is the first corporate parent that has actually did what they say they would, in the form of celebrating achievement. Also, it was a really special day for Connor, he had never actually held his National Certificate because of moving around in care…. this was the first time he had seen the certificate and held it so really, really special.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said:

SQA is proud to be a Corporate Parent and we are committed to helping young people realise their potential and achieve their ambitions, no matter what their background, by providing qualifications which are flexible and accessible, giving individuals of all abilities different routes to success.

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