Scottish Government accused of slow progress on digital access for pupils
The Scottish Government has been accused of slow progress on a pledge to equip all pupils with digital devices and free internet connections.
A fifth of pupils did not sit standardised tests
The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap controversial standardised testing in schools after figures revealed that as few as 52 per cent of pupils completed them.
SQA’s failure to act on pupil warnings makes ‘mockery’ of child rights commitment
Secondary school pupils warned the SQA in November 2020 that plans to compare 2021 grades to past results were "unfair" but their input was not acted upon.
‘Pupils will pay the price’ under new system for awarding grades, claims professor
The Scottish Government's system for awarding grades to school pupils this year is “a less defensible” version of the algorithm used last summer, says a leading education academic.
Assessment system for ‘exams in disguise’ has ‘lost credibility’ and ‘destroyed trust’
Those raising concerns about the assessment of what have been branded "exams in disguise" include the principal of George Watson’s College one of the country’s most prestigious private schools.
Pupils sitting ‘exams in disguise’ accuse SQA of ‘shambolic’ mismanagement
Scottish high school pupils have told The Ferret that “shambolic” mismanagement by the SQA has left them facing a “marathon of assessments” without support.
Teachers could earn less than minimum wage for extra exam work
Some teachers may end up earning less than the minimum wage for extra work around exams, The Ferret can reveal.
Remote learning figures show the digital divide laid bare
The provision of digital technology and internet access for remote schooling due to Covid-19 restrictions has been a "postcode lottery", a Ferret investigation has found.
NHS board gave different Covid-19 isolation advice to councils
Health officials for Glasgow and Clyde issued different Covid-19 isolation instructions to those in place in the rest of Scotland, The Ferret can reveal.