Can a new model reinvigorate N4’s flagging fortunes?

Plans to reboot the qualification would give students the option of undertaking an external assessment

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The Scottish government has been considering rebooting the much-maligned National 4 qualification by giving pupils the option of undertaking an external assessment that could lead to a “distinction” or a “merit”, as opposed to just a pass or fail.

Tes Scotland can also reveal the government has considered conducting a review of N4 courses and unit assessments “to ensure stronger progression from National 4 to National 5 and to facilitate bi-level teaching”.

Papers seen exclusively by Tes Scotland contain detailed proposals for enhancing “the credibility of the National 4 qualification among ...

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