Focus on literacy and numeracy

The Scottish Government has announced that pupils will have the opportunity to take literacy and numeracy exams under the next generation of qualifications following a review of the national qualifications system.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the review aimed at bringing exams into line with the Scotland’s new approach to learning and teaching, Curriculum for Excellence.

She said that current arrangements continue to work well for many young people but the system needs to be updated to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

New arrangements will:

·       Place a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills

·       Reduce the current complexity of the system with Standard Grades and Intermediates being replaced by a new general qualification

·       Retain Highers which remain the ‘gold standard’ in Scotland’s education system and retain Access and Advanced Higher qualifications.

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