Exam success on results day

Pupils in North Lanarkshire have achieved the best-ever exam results this year

As the long anxious wait comes to an end for pupils today, Tuesday 7 August 2018, results point towards a significantly improving picture of academic success in North Lanarkshire.

Results from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) show that almost a third of young people (32.1%) are achieving three or more Highers in S5 - almost double the rate recorded ten years ago (17.2% in 2008).

Figures for the number of pupils achieving five or more Highers in S5 have also risen significantly to 11.9% compared to 6.6% in 2008.

The percentage achieving Advanced Higher qualifications has also doubled over the past decade, from 8.3% to 16.3%.

The results for National 5 qualifications have remained steady, with 41.3% attaining five or more awards.

The success of pupils in S5 and S6 has been credited to the senior phase work led by the education service, which resulted in secondary schools working together and sharing resources to increase the range of options for pupils.

Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education congratulated all pupils who received results by email, text and post today. He said, "Today brings an end to a long and stressful period for many of our pupils and I hope they have received the results they were anticipating.

"We are delighted with the positive exam results our pupils have gained across our 23 high schools, a significant improvement which highlights the high quality of teaching and learning support provided to our young people.

"Moreover, our pupils are better qualified and more employable than ever before as a result of the education they receive here in North Lanarkshire.

"The hard work and commitment of our pupils in achieving these results should be acknowledged, together with the outstanding efforts of our teaching staff."

Isabelle Boyd, Assistant Chief Executive, Education Youth and Communities said, "We are delighted with the overall results in North Lanarkshire which are testament to the hard work and dedication by our pupils and teachers.

"Our young people are better placed than ever before to move on to further education or to gain essential skills for employment or training and that's down to the positive contribution by our educational services.

"Whilst all pupils should be commended for their efforts, it's important to recognise the efforts by staff to provide high-quality learning within a supportive environment. Well done to everyone."

Young people are being reminded that guidance about their grades and their future options is available from their schools.

Isabelle Boyd added, "For pupils who perhaps didn't get the results they were hoping for, please don't be despondent. Get in touch with your school, where teachers will be able to give advice and support and discuss their best options going forward."

Skills Development Scotland's (SDS) free result day support services helpline is also available from Tuesday 7 August on 0808 100 8000.

The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday August 7 and August 8, and from 9am to 5pm from August 9 to 15. As well as the helpline, SDS offer support online via social media and the 'My World of Work' website and in the week following results day, learners can direct message careers advisers via Twitter @mywowscotland and facebook.com/myworldofwork

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