Pupils to sit new Highers as Scottish exams get under way

The BBC is reporting that thousands of pupils are preparing to sit the new look Higher qualifications as the exams period gets under way in Scottish schools…

Changes were made to tie them in with the new National 4 and 5 qualifications that replaced Standard Grades…

Schools were given the option to phase in the new Highers, with provisional figures released by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) earlier this year showing almost half (45%) of pupils will sit the existing and not the new qualification this year.

All pupils are due to study for the new qualifications from the 2015/16 school year on, but teaching unions have raised concerns about the implementation of the reforms and their impact on teacher workload…

This year also marks the last year of the Intermediate courses – which were stepping stones on the way to more advanced qualifications…

The exam period will finish on 5 June with candidates due to receive their final results on 4 August.


Can’t help but think it must be tough for this cohort where some are taking the new exam and others the older version.

Then again, maybe it’s a pragmatic approach to change. 

If you’re involved in a Scottish school or have children at one, how would you describe the way this is working out?

Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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