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An attainment report to Falkirk Council’s Education, Children and Young People Executive today (12 September) has highlighted the most recent outcomes from Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) exams for 2022/23. 

The findings show that at levels 3 and 4, awards have performed consistently with previous years or even exceeded them. At SQA level 5, there is a decline from the previous year, but the performance aligns with pre-pandemic years. 

In addition, SQA level 6 awards are consistent with previous years and level 7 has seen an improvement. 

Post Covid-19 

The report also highlighted the transition back to formal examinations post COVID-19 with course and assessment adaptations to support learning recovery. 

It is expected that most courses will return to their usual assessment formats in 2024. 

To support students, schools are taking proactive measures, including targeted support for at-risk student groups through study clubs and peer mentoring. 

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council said: “The early indicators show a positive outcome for many students in our schools. 

“We know they have worked hard to achieve these results and teachers will continue to support students as they progress through their academic and vocational careers. 

“It is also important to remember that success is not simply measured by attainment – success is achieving a positive destination for a young person and to this end, we have close connections with other providers such as Forth Valley College, The Open University and The Princes Trust.” 

“Young people have been through a lot over the past three years but hopefully the stability offered by schools and their hard work staff moving will ensure we can continue to help them get to where they want to be in life.” 

A full, more detailed report will be updated and presented to members in Spring 2024.