100th post :) and Scotland’s Results Day

Today is a bit of a double good day. Today marks my 100th post on this blog. In this time I’ve gained about 40 followers from all sorts of different careers, including healthy eating campaigners, teachers, parents, as well as some other regular readers such as my mentee from Plymstock, some of my colleagues at uni, even one or two of my University Lecturers. I want to say a huge big thank you to everyone who over the past 3 months has taken the time and interest to read my blog, and hope you all continue to find it interesting. I certainly enjoy doing this and will keep doing so, so more will be on the way 🙂

Ok enough about me, now for the news 🙂

Today is the day when 151000 Scottish candidates all get their results of a hard labour of around 720000 exams. It was announced that all of the major qualifications have hit a higher pass rate, although some more significant than others.

Those who took the Access 2 exams and the Scottish Baccalaureate saw the highest increases of 8.5% and 6.7% respectively, whilst the least significant increases came in the Higher, Access 3 and Standard tiers which showed gains by 0.5%, 0.4% and 0.1% respectively.

This isn’t the most interesting part for me though. While this is all very positive and shows a good performance all round in Scotland, for many this is all a bit of an illusion. Why? Well most of these exams, including the Standard tier are being scrapped, and replaced with new qualifications in a new curriculum. These new ones are not going the same direction as England however. Instead of going for 1 long exam after 2 years worth of work which England is doing, Scotland are moving in totally the opposite direction of moving more towards coursework and classwork. To me this casts doubt on whether either country really knows how to get the best of our education system. This clear cut divide of exams vs coursework is now even larger. I guess the next few years will tell when the results come in so we can make a more direct comparison. As ever when those statistics are released, they will be blogged here 🙂

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