SNP ‘must delay new Advanced Higher for a year’

The Telegraph is reporting that teachers are warning Scottish pupils’ chances of passing a new version of the Advanced Higher will be harmed unless its introduction is delayed a year…

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the country’s largest teaching union, said pressing ahead with the new version next year would place “intolerable” pressure on staff and children.

They face a “double burden” of two new courses in the same year, the union said, because schools were allowed to delay this year’s introduction of the new Higher exam until 2016 if they were not ready.

The warning was made in a series of submissions to Holyrood’s education committee in which pupils, parents and staff made clear their anger and disillusionment at the shambolic manner in which the reforms have been implemented…

A fuming 15-year-old wrote to the committee arguing it was unfair some pupils were forced to sit the new Highers this year, while others could continue to take the “significantly easier” old version.

Teachers are struggling to get practice papers and study materials for the new qualifications, the submissions said, while many parents are completely unaware of the change and what it means for their children…

The outspoken interventions came after it emerged that almost half of Scottish pupils sitting Highers this year will sit the old exam because under-pressure schools were unable to meet the SNP’s original deadline for introducing the new version…

The SQA submission insisted that preparations for the new Advanced Higher were on track with a “significant number” of support documents for teachers already published, including guidance on the use of past papers…

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