Teachers hit low note

30th November 2007 at 00:00
Markers have criticised teachers for failing to prepare pupils properly for the new Higher and Advanced Higher exams, in spite of the changes to the papers being highlighted well in advance.

This year, fewer marks were available for multiple-choice questions and musical literacy featured more. Meanwhile, the Advanced Higher paper had "an additional emphasis on musical notation and literacy" and required more detailed knowledge of "upper-level musical concepts".

Markers for the Advanced Higher exam noted that "candidates from certain centres had not been prepared for new styles of questions". Those marking the Higher said that there were "issues for some centres in terms of adequate preparation for the new styles".

This, the markers said, had come about in spite of exemplar materials being issued to all centres, national training events being organised by SQA and a website being set up containing a wide range of training and assessment materials.

Teachers were criticised for failing to compile folios properly and adding to the "burden of work for all involved in marking".

Just under half (43 per cent) of pupils sitting Advanced Higher achieved an A grade.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now