The Council has praised Clackmannanshire's young people, and thanked school staff and parents and carers, on a successful set of SQA results for this year's exam diet.
This year's results demonstrate the full breadth of changes introduced by Curriculum for Excellence and the phasing in of the new National Qualifications, as well as the Developing the Young Workforce programme. Along with the new qualifications at National 1-5, Higher and Advanced Higher, young people have had the opportunity to develop qualifications and progression routes related to wider life and work skills e.g. Sports Leaders qualifications, Foundation Apprenticeships, National Progression Awards and Skills for Work courses.
There has been an increase in attainment at National 5 compared to last year. There is also a slight increase in attainment at Higher and Advanced Higher level. Alva, Lornshill and Alloa Academies are all showing improvements in their results compared with last year.
Results remain preliminary and are expected to further improve once all units are submitted and the post-results service is complete. All post-results data plus the full set of awards gained will be updated when the national online benchmarking data is published in February 2018.
Education Spokesperson Cllr Graham Lindsay said: "My congratulations to all the young people in Clackmannanshire who have worked so hard on their qualifications, and also my thanks to school staff and parents and carers for their support. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Education Service to ongoing improvement. I will continue to work closely with the Chief Education Officer and our schools to ensure that we drive forward improvements for all our young people."
Two helplines are open for candidates following the issuing of the exam results.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has an Exams Results helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents. Help is available from qualified careers advisers who have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern Apprenticeships, employment and training opportunities.
The helpline will be open from 8am on 8th August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000. Information for pupils and parents is also available on SDS's My World of Work web service . There is also information about Modern Apprenticeships and Foundation Apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.scot. Students can also access help, advice and support via SDS's Facebook page which has practical help and links to UCAS, SAAS, Young Scot and the SQA.
Meanwhile, the SQA Candidate Advice Line provides information for candidates on the content and layout of their certificate. Details are available on the candidate's results paperwork.