‘No clear view’ on the future of N4

Teachers and students split over the need for an exam

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National 4 has become the poor relation of Scottish qualifications: unloved by parents, scorned by pupils and unwanted by employers. At least, that’s what we are often told.

But a new report paints a more complicated picture and tellingly reveals a sharp divergence of views between teachers and pupils over how to improve N4, amid alarming signs that every teacher surveyed feels pressure to present pupils at National 5 who are not ready for that level.

Research by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), involving at least one school in every local authority, reveals strikingly different ...

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