Date lodged: 13 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on removing unit assessments from Advanced Highers.
Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2017
The Deputy First Minister’s announcement of 21 September included the removal of mandatory unit assessments from Advanced Highers.
The removal of the mandatory unit assessments will significantly reduce workload and liberate teachers to focus on teaching their pupils.
The decision was discussed with the Assessment and National Qualifications Group. The group includes a range of education stakeholders, including teacher unions, head teachers, the National Parent Forum of Scotland, COSLA, the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland, college and higher education representatives, and national education bodies. Members of the Teacher Panel were also consulted prior to the announcement.