Exam results show ongoing positive trend in D&G

The results of SQA [Scottish Qualifications Authority] exams were delivered to pupils on Tuesday, August 6th 2019.

3,253 young people at Dumfries and Galloway schools sat national qualifications in a wide range of subjects and levels.

The overall results, from National 3 to Advanced Higher, show an ongoing positive trend over a 5-year period.

Achievement in the senior phase is now looked at over a 3-year period [S4 to S6] with achievement at point of exit being a key performance indicator.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chair of the Education and Learning committee, said: “This year’s results present a positive picture of increased attainment for our school leavers. 31% of young people across our region are leaving S6 with 5 or more qualifications at SCQF level 6 [Higher]; 46% with 3 or more; and 65% with 1 or more. This, along with an increasing range of pathways to progress offered by the Broad General Education, provides opportunities for young people to undertake different ways to learn and achieve qualifications, demonstrates the positive learning environment in our schools.”

Councillor Ros Surtees, vice chair, said: “Education improves life chances for children, opens doors, enables young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to our society. We are determined to improve standards in education and close the attainment gap. These results show that we are making progress in Dumfries and Galloway. Well done to our pupils, parents/carers, and school staff for their work and commitment to achieve these results.”