Future Qualifications

Update 7/5/08 – the full speech and following questions are available here:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-08/sor0424-02.htm#Col7863

Did anyone else read the speech by Fiona Hyslop to parliament regarding the new Qualifications that will come in with CfE?

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/news/this-week/speeches/smarter/natqual

Certainly, there is not a huge amount of detail in Fiona Hyslop’s speech but what is there I think is quite reassuring. I certainly agree in principle to the introduction of standard literacy and numeracy tests, though I wait to see how they will be implemented. Again, her words on the qualifications at SCQF levels 4 and 5 are well chosen, and I would welcome a new, simplified course structure that will hopefully take the best bits of Standard Grade and Intermediate qualifications. Again, her reiteration of Higher remaining the “gold standard” and also the importance she places on Advanced Highers is welcome. Lots of people may question the removal of examined courses equivalent to Foundation, but is there really any point to testing pupils of this ability anyway?

Interesting also her comments about allowing pupils to bypass lower-level qualifications where it is clear they could do highers say, at the end of S3. The idea of a winter diet of exams also appeals to me in principle, though it probably has anyone involved in timetabling clutching their chest right now. 18 month higher – great idea, but again what about those who are perfectly capable of sitting it in 12 months? Can you run both options in one school

Anyway, that’s my $0.02 worth for the moment!

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One Response to Future Qualifications

  1. Hi Mark, I just stumbled across your blog. Good to see you are doing well.

    I also read your TES article when it was published – you have certainly given Malcolm food for thought!

    I understand where you are coming from by being passionate about your subject but where do you think this fits with CfE? Do you not think that all subjects have to become less discrete if collaborative working is to stand a chance?

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