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Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

6th Report, 2000

Report on the Inquiry into the Governance of the Scottish Qualifications Authority
 

 
      
SP Paper 225

Session 1 (2000)

    
  Contents
Committee Remit and Membership
Report
 
A. Introduction
B. The Current Arrangements for the Governance of the SQA
Theoretical Basis
Practical Application

Distinctive Characteristics of the SQA
C. Did the Current Arrangements Lead to Confusion and Contribute to the Difficulties?
The Role of Governance
Weaknesses in Governance - The Board and Chief Executive

Weaknesses in Governance - Ministerial

Weaknesses in Governance - Risk Assessment and Project Management

Weaknesses in Governance - Board Member's Role

Weaknesses in Governance - Board Structure
D. Is There A Better Operational Model?
Introduction
The Board

Assessors

Management Information

Risk Assessment and Project Management

Ministerial Relationships
E. New Models of Governance?
Introduction
Creation of a Commissioner or Intermediary?

The SQA as an Agency?
Dividing Up the SQA's Functions?
 
  Annexes
  Annexe A: Extracts From Minutes
  20 September 2000 (20th Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
26 September 2000 (21st Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
29 September 2000 (22nd Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
4 October 2000 (23rd Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
   
  Annexe B: Oral Evidence And Associated Written Evidence
 

20 September 2000 (20th Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
Written Evidence
Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department (SEELLD):
Annex B Scottish Qualifications Authority: Statutory Powers of the Scottish Ministers
Annex D SQA Membership of the Board of Management
Annex F Non Departmental Public Body Status
Annex G SQA Management Statement and Financial Memorandum

Oral Evidence
SEELLD:
Mike Foulis, Head of Economic Development, Advice and Employment Issues
Group
Alistair Aitken, Head of Qualifications and Skills Division
David Stewart, former Head of Qualifications and Skills Division

Supplementary Written Evidence
SEELLD:
Letters to Dr. D. Giles, Director External Relations, SQA of 15th May 2000 and 7th August 2000
Letters to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee of 15th September 2000 and 26th September 2000
Note on Governance Process
Letter to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee of 29th September 2000
Extract from Non Departmental Public Bodies: A Guide for Departments: Chapter 4: Management of NDPBs
Note of Extraordinary SQA/SEELLD Liaison Group Meetings of 16th July 1999, 10th August 1999, 10th November 1999, 8th February 2000 and 10th May 2000
Acronyms used by SEELLD

 

 

26 September 2000 (21st Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
Written Evidence
Scottish Qualifications Authority Board (SQA)
Ron Tuck, former Chief Executive of SQA

Oral Evidence
SQA:
David Miller, Chair
Ann Hill, Board Member
Iain McMillan, Board Member
Brian Minto, Board Member
Ron Tuck, former Chief Executive of SQA

Supplementary Written Evidence
Minutes of SQA Board Meetings of 25th March 1999, 24th June 1999, 23rd September 1999, 9th December 1999, 23rd March 2000, 22nd June 2000
Extract of the submission from SQA to Education, Culture and Sport Committee: SQA Committee Structure

   
29 September 2000: (22nd Meeting, Session 1 (2000))
Written Evidence
Association of Scottish Colleges (ASC)
Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals (COSHEP)
Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) and Scottish Further Education Funding Council (SFEFC)
 
Oral Evidence
ASC:
Tom Kelly, Chief Officer
Iain Ovens, Principal Dundee College
COSHEP:
Professor Joan Stringer, Vice-Convener
Robin McAlpine, Public Affairs Officer
SHEFC/SFEFC:
Chris Masters, Chair of SHEFC
Esther Roberton, Board member of SFEFC
John Gray, Board member of SHEFC and SFEFC
Professor John Sizer, Chief Executive of SHEFC and SFEFC
 
Supplementary Written Evidence:
Letter from Henry McLeish MSP Minister of Enterprise and Lifelong Learning to Dr. Chris Masters, Chairman of SHEFC
Management Statement between Scottish Executive and SHEFC
Letter from Henry McLeish MSP Minister of Enterprise and Lifelong Learning to Mr Robert Beattie, Chairman of SFEFC
Management Statement between Scottish Executive and SFEFC
Submission from COSHEP - Clarification of Points
SHEFC/SFEFC Code of Conduct for Staff
   
4 October 2000: (23rd Meeting, Session 1, (2000))
Oral Evidence

Sam Galbraith MSP, Minister for Education and Children
Henry McLeish MSP, Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
    
  Annexe C: Other Written Evidence
 

Submission from the Educational Institute of Scotland
Scottish Parliament Information Centre Research Note: Status of Public Bodies: Implications for the SQA

The following written evidence was received but is not printed here. Copies may be obtained from the Clerk.
Submission from Church of Scotland Department of Education
Submission from Forum on Scottish Education
Submission from Socialist Education Association

 
 

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