Henry Hepburn

New Higher exams ‘go further than they had to’

Changes to paper lengths and coursework criticised by teachers and unions

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Longer exams. Exams in subjects where none previously existed. Guidelines on changes to courses that won’t be ready until months after students have started those courses.

Those are some of the stark truths about changes to Scotland’s flagship Higher courses for 2018-19 by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), which follow the 2016 decision by education secretary John Swinney to scrap unit assessments at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

The release of details about the changes to Higher has prompted angry responses among teachers, unions and academics. While there is an ...

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