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Some pupils gathered at Airdrie Academy to obtain their outcomes

The cross fee for Larger exams has dipped barely however the whole variety of passes remained above 150,00zero for a 3rd successive yr.

Virtually 137,00zero candidates have acquired full outcomes of their Nationals, Highers and Superior Highers.

The cross fee at Nationwide four was 92.eight% though there was a big drop in entries.

Greater than a 3rd of scholars opted to obtain the information by textual content or e mail with the rest being notified by put up.

The Scottish Authority (SQA) stated the outcomes, which total have been broadly in keeping with 2016, have been proof of a secure system.

An evaluation of the marks required for a C cross at Larger suggests there are not any topics the place the cross mark has needed to be raised or lowered dramatically.

There was no repeat of the state of affairs two years in the past, when the Larger Maths cross mark was lower to 35% as a result of it was a lot tougher than traditional.

Figures from the SQA revealed:

  • The variety of passes at Larger stage was 150,010, the third yr in a row it has topped 150,00zero.
  • The variety of entries for Highers dropped virtually three,00zero on final yr to 194,813 however stays at a excessive stage traditionally.
  • The proportion of A-C Larger passes additionally fell very barely from 77.2% final yr to 77%.
  • The variety of Nationwide four entries fell considerably to 116,00zero in comparison with 123,00zero final yr.
  • The quantity taking Nationwide four English fell by virtually 2,00zero. Entries for the extra superior Nationwide 5 English solely elevated by 400.
  • The variety of Superior Larger entries went up from 23,795 final yr to 24,112 this yr.

Training Secretary John Swinney congratulated college students and lecturers for his or her “onerous work and energy”.

On a go to to Bannerman Excessive Faculty in Baillieston, Glasgow, Mr Swinney stated: “The entire nation ought to rightly be pleased with the excellence and achievement in Scottish schooling demonstrated by these outcomes.

“We anticipate to see small variations in cross charges year-on-year, which exhibit the excessive requirements, power and integrity of our nationwide . That is of paramount significance.

“The a lot better vary of and skills-based awards demonstrates Curriculum for Excellence is efficiently assembly the wants of younger individuals and giving them the very best likelihood of success in additional studying, life and work. It’s the proper reform for Scottish schooling.

“The additional steps we’ve got got down to shut the attainment hole and lift requirements for all will construct on these strong foundations.”


Evaluation by Jamie McIvor, BBC Scotland schooling correspondent

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Dr Janet Brown, SQA’s chief government and Scotland’s chief analyzing officer, additionally congratulated college students on their onerous work and dedication.

“Whichever route is taken from right here, whether or not that be the world of labor, coaching or schooling, they’ll take immense delight of their achievements,” she stated.

“Recognition and reward also needs to go to the lecturers, lecturers, dad and mom and carers who’ve supported their younger individuals of their accomplishments.”

Larry Flanagan, common secretary of Scotland’s largest educating union, the EIS, stated the outcomes got here towards a background of accelerating workload for lecturers.

He stated: “Scotland’s lecturers have once more gone that additional mile to help their college students’ studying, regardless of the big workload pressures confronted by the occupation.

“Nevertheless, the EIS expects to see a big discount in workload over the forthcoming session and can maintain each the Scottish authorities and the SQA to account on delivering the promised discount within the evaluation burden on each workers and pupils. Frankly, the goodwill of lecturers has run out.”

Royal Mail stated it had planning groups working for months to verify the supply of outcomes went easily.

A free helpline is on the market on 0808 100 8000 for anybody in search of sensible recommendation relating to their outcomes.

A spokeswoman for Schools Scotland stated college students shouldn’t be discouraged, even when they did not carry out in addition to they’d hoped.

“Some might not have acquired the outcomes they have been hoping for and it is essential to know there are a myriad of alternatives out there ought to they give the impression of being to a school path to develop their abilities and progress in direction of employment or increased schooling,” she stated.

Scottish Labour chief Kezia Dugdale wished pupils good luck, and urged anybody fearful about their outcomes to name the helpline.

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Expertise Improvement Scotland workers are able to advise on examination outcomes

Operated by Expertise Improvement Scotland, the helpline will likely be open from 08:00 till 20:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and between 09:00 and 17:00 till 16 August.

The group’s performing director of operations James Russell stated: “Our message for these younger individuals and their dad and mom and carers because the outcomes arrive is to not panic.

“All the pieces might sound overwhelming at that time. Our skilled advisers are there to assist and have data on all of the choices and alternatives younger individuals can contemplate.”