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A week in secondary: 2 December 2016

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Opposition parties have criticised plans to introduce an E grade at National 5 and Higher, aimed at reducing the number of failures. A government advisory group is considering the move to counteract the effect of scrapping unit assessments, which would mean some weaker students walking away after their exam results with nothing to show for their efforts. Shadow education secretary Liz Smith said: “Adding an E grade will do nothing to address the issue. This is far more about the structure of exams rather than tampering with grades.” Meanwhile, Iain Gray, her Labour counterpart, described the ...

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