Nuzhat Uthmani

The requirement for teachers in Scotland to predict grades for 2019-20, after the Covid-19 outbreak led to the cancellation of exams, leads to all sorts of issues – not least for black, Asian and/or minority ethnic (BAME) students.

There are three factors that apply quite starkly to the issue of teacher assessment and predicted grades:

  • Teacher bias
  • Lack of diversity in the teaching profession
  • Lack of family engagement.

Our responsibility as teachers has taken on a whole new meaning now, as many are being asked to assess students’ future capabilities like never before. Just this week, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has issued guidance for teachers on how to predict students’ grades.

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