The outlines for the new exams are now available (www.sqa.org.uk) What do teachers here think of them? Please make sure you send your responses to the SQA also. SSTA members can send their views in to info at SSTA dot org dot uk heades SQA Exams. I'll kick off ... General issues How can the SQA (motto "pride of worth"!!!!!) justify a wholly internally assessed regime for all kids below National level 5? I know this decision has already been taken by the Cfe Managemenet Board. (SSTA argued against it tooth and nail and I suspect is one reason why we were booted off.) but it makes no sense at all. Every year, there are 40k appeals to the SQA from schools which believe that their pupils have not been assessed at the right level. Does this suggest that we have an effective system of matching national and local expectations / standards? I also think that the current General exam in History provides a good course and an appropriately challenging assessment for kids who are by no means the least able but who struggle mainly because of literacy shortcomings. Specific issues My subject used to have an internally assessed investigation element at S Grade. This was well intentioned and "issue driven". Unfortunately, few S4 kids could really grasp the concept of an "issue" and how to explore it in an analytical way. We ended up with "projects" some of which showed ample evidence of plagiarism. The idea was dumped an an evidence based set of questions was inserted into the exam and this was generally pretty successful What has the SQA done in the new exams? Only inserted the need for kids to complete a "project"!!!. It beggars belief. It really does.