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The rising cost of scrapping unit assessments

The bill for getting rid of controversial tests hits £5.5m

The cost of axing unit assessments has risen to £5.5 million – with Scotland’s exam body warning the bill could grow still higher.

In May, Tes Scotland revealed that the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) was budgeting £4.5 million in order to remove the unit assessments from National 5 qualifications.

Now a further Freedom of Information request shows the bill has risen by £1 million – with the SQA warning “the current cost estimate may change” as it continues “to respond to requests for additional support from teachers and lecturers”. The cost of removing unit assessments at Higher and ...

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