The Council has welcomed today's awards of SQA results to young people across the area, which is the result of hard work from young people, the skills of school staff and the support of parents and carers.
Curriculum for Excellence was introduced in 2004 and young people leaving school this summer all over Scotland are the first group to have undertaken a broad general education, entering the senior phase in their S4 year.
Results indicate that there has been an increase in the attainment at National 5 for S4 pupils compared to last year. N3 and N4 results are preliminary and will improve once those pupils who did not achieve N5 are retrospectively awarded N4. Schools will be providing evidence to the SQA that these pupils have the required skills, knowledge and understanding to be awarded an N4. Updated results for N3 and N4 will become available when national online benchmarking data is published in February 2017.
The S5 results for young people achieving one or more Highers are broadly similar to last year, as are S5 results for those achieving three or more Highers. Figures indicate a decrease in the number of young people in S5 achieving five or more Highers.
In S6, there has been an increase in the number of young people achieving Highers. Over 50% of the original cohort have achieved one or more Highers and over a third achieved three or more Highers, and 14% of the original cohort have achieved Advanced Highers, which is in line with last year's results.
In addition to the SQA awards, we are also delighted with our young people's success in vocational courses at colleges and work placements in a range of partners across the Clackmannanshire Council area.
Spokesperson for Education Cllr George Matchett said: "My congratulations to all the young people in Clackmannanshire who have worked so hard on their exams, and also my thanks to the school staff and parents and carers for their support. We will be looking carefully at these results, and discussing with Education staff how we keep working to improve the opportunities and outcomes for all our young people."
Two helplines are open for candidates following the issuing of the exam results.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a 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 or Foundation Apprenticeships, employment or volunteering.
The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000. Post-results information for pupils and parents is available on SDS's My World of Work web service www.myworldofwork.co.uk. 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.