Last reviewed 7 October 2021

A consultation has been launched by Professor Ken Muir, University of the West of Scotland, in his role as independent advisor to the Scottish Government on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and the reform of Education Scotland.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills announced on 22 June 2021 the intention to replace the SQA and consider a new specialist agency for both curriculum and assessment while also taking forward reform to Education Scotland, including removing the function of inspection from the agency.

Professor Muir was appointed to act as an independent advisor to consider and advise on the implementation of the reform that will consider all functions currently delivered by both SQA and Education Scotland.

With full details available at, the consultation will remain open for comments until 26 November 2021.

It asks wider questions relating to Scotland’s education system which will help to inform Professor Muir’s recommendations as well as providing an opportunity for specific feedback relating to the proposed changes to Scotland’s national education agencies.

He said that it was an open invitation for all who have an interest in Scottish education to engage in helping set its direction of travel for the future.

“Beyond this consultation,” Professor Muir went on, “there are a number of additional engagement opportunities that will allow you to contribute to all these areas in more detail.”

Information about these opportunities is included in the consultation document.