Henry Hepburn

‘National 4 is an injustice to thousands of pupils’

Lack of an external exam means it isn’t valued by employers, Parliament is told

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The controversial National 4 inflicts an “utter injustice” on tens of thousands of young people, critics have claimed, after figures suggested far lower take-up than for previous qualifications.

Concerns have grown that N4 is viewed by both pupils and employers as a “Mickey Mouse” qualification because it does not include an external exam.

And employers, I think, just think that it’s some sort of Mickey Mouse certificate that just gets given to [pupils], almost like an attendance award, rather than an achievement showing the skills they’ve got

The N4 debate was reignited after a number of ...

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