Commenting as the results of National Courses and Awards were released by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

"Scotland's pupils and teachers deserve high praise for a sound set of results which have been achieved during a period of significant strain upon everyone within Scottish education. It is of great credit to the work of our schools, pupils and teachers that the diet has been successful, at a time when budgets have been declining and workload pressures increasing."

Mr Flanagan added, "Pupils, parents and teachers should be extremely proud of these results in terms of volume, variety and the levels of achievement that they evidence. The EIS sends its congratulations to all pupils on their achievements this year."

Commenting specifically on the detail of the results, Mr Flanagan welcomed the general drop at National 5 and Higher in the number of 'No Awards'.  He said, "The statistics show a trend towards a significant drop in 'No Awards' at both Higher and National 5, which is welcome as it suggests better alignment between presentations and subsequent success."

"Elsewhere, the slight variations from last year simply reflect the fact that Scotland continues to be successful in avoiding artificial grade inflation."

Mr Flanagan added, however, "There continues to be a debate about the articulation between the N4 and N5 courses, and schools remain concerned about the length of some of the exams at both Higher and National 5 – we would expect detailed analysis of the results to facilitate further examination of these areas."