Henry Hepburn

Attainment rate slides as new courses struggle

Students being ‘pushed uphill’ to avoid National 3 and 4, expert warns

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The S4 attainment rate at the crucial level immediately below Higher has sunk by nearly 12 per cent since 2013 – fuelling fears that thousands of students are being presented for the wrong qualifications.

Analysis by the University of Dundee’s Jim Scott also shows more than 100,000 “missing” awards for lower-level courses in S4, amid concerns they are struggling to gain the same credibility as the qualifications they replaced.

The news has prompted calls for “urgent action” to ensure that students do not miss out on vital qualifications and have their career prospects damaged.

Dr Scott found ...

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