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Attainment statistics show young people's positive achievements

Attainment statistics published by the Scottish Qualifications Authority show young people in Perth and Kinross have achieved well across a range of measures this year.

As exams were cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic, qualifications have been awarded based on information from teachers, using their knowledge of young people's performance through the year and previously.

The SQA, in its alternative certification model for 2020, has checked these estimated grades and adjusted them, where necessary, to be consistent with other schools across Scotland and previous years' results.

Pupils in Perth and Kinross were awarded 2,094 National 4 awards, achieving an 86% pass rate and 6,349 National 5 awards, an 82% pass rate.

An encouraging 47% of pupils achieved five or more awards at National 5 level.

At Higher (SCQF Level 6) qualifications, pupils in Perth and Kinross were awarded 3,584 passes, achieving an 81% pass rate.

At Advanced Higher (SCQF Level 7) there were 555 passes across our schools, with a pass rate of 85%.

For those completing S6, the number attaining Higher and Advanced Higher qualification sustained the encouraging levels seen in recent years.

Young people should contact their school for advice and help if they have any concerns about their results. Further information is available from the SQA at their 2020 results support website.

Sheena Devlin, Executive Director of Perth & Kinross Council's Education and Children's Services, said: "Our children and young people deserve to celebrate their successes today after what has been a year of extraordinary challenges.

"Although exams were cancelled, these results are testament to their hard work  throughout the school year.  

"We would also like to thank all of our teachers, school staff, parents and carers for their hard work and support, particularly over the past few months.

"Finally, we remind all of our young people that advice and support is available from a variety of sources, including their own school, should this be required."