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Pupils and Teachers Deserve Praise for Strong Exam Results

 Tuesday 9 August 2016

The EIS has welcomed the strong set of exam results achieved by pupils across Scotland this year.

This year's results demonstrate that pupils and Scotland's schools continue to perform well despite the introduction of new qualifications, and the heavy unit assessment burden that continues to be placed on pupils and teachers by current SQA policies.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "Pupils and teachers deserve praise for the strong set of exam results that have been achieved across Scotland this year.
"The past few years have been a challenging time for Scottish education, with a major programme of curricular change and the introduction of new qualifications during a time of significant budgetary pressure.
"The results that have been announced today are a credit to the hard work of pupils across Scotland and we should acknowledge and celebrate this success.
"It should be noted, also, that Scotland’s teachers have again gone that extra mile to support their students’ learning, despite the enormous workload pressures faced by the profession.” 
Mr Flanagan added, "The Education Secretary needs to deliver the promised action to address the excessive teacher workload associated with the new qualifications, in particular the over-assessment around course units, which creates significant pressure for both pupils and staff.
"Whilst EIS members across Scotland are now engaged in a programme of industrial action in relation to SQA generated workload, we will continue to discuss teachers’ concerns with the Scottish Government the Scottish Qualifications Authority in the hope of agreeing a suitable reduction in workload pressure on staff and pupils.”