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2021
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Pupils and teachers praised for overcoming pandemic challenge in achieving positive SQA results

SQA results released today (Tuesday 10 August) reveal that young people in Aberdeen schools are performing well, with overall SQA award rates sustained.

The results showed that the overall number of presentations in 2021 increased by 826 entries from 2020 while the number of pupils entered increased by 185 from 2020.

There has been a significant improvement in pupils attaining grades A-C in National 5, Highers and Advanced Highers with the attainment rate at National 5 increasing to 85.85% from 80.15% in 2020 with the attainment rate at Higher increased to 86.54% from 80.70% in the same period.

The attainment rate at Advanced Higher increased to 90.92% from 86.11% in 2020 while the attainment rate for The Scottish Baccalaureate and Interdisciplinary Project is 100%.

Councillor M T Malik said: “I am delighted to see such a huge improvement in our National 5 Higher and Advanced Highers this year. I want to congratulate all, of our young people who worked so hard to achieve such an improvement in our results

Councillor Malik added: “This year has again been very challenging due to Covid-19 but it is a testament to our young people that they have risen to the challenge and produced excellent results. I want to also thank our education team, Head teachers, teachers, school support assistants and our backroom staff for putting in place conditions within and out with the school environment that allowed our young people to learn despite Scottish Government Covid-19 restrictions. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do and none more so than this year when our Education Service used digital interventions to ensure home learning was supported even in those family homes which did not have access to Wi-Fi.”

Vice-convener, Councillor Claire Imrie, said::“My congratulations go out to all our young people who have managed to achieve such fine SQA results in circumstances we could not have even imagined two years ago,

“The resilience of our pupils and our staff across the Education service has been exemplary and the outcomes are fitting rewards for everyone’s refusal to be beaten by events that have had a negative impact the world over.

“The use of digital interventions to support learning throughout the pandemic reflect our commitment, as outlined in our Local Outcome Improvement Plan, to help ensure that there are no barriers to our children’s attainment and achievement.”

Photographs show: Delighted pupils from St Machar, Northfield and Hazlehead Academies and Aberdeen Gramnar School with Aberdeen City Council's Education Operational Delivery Convener, Councillor M Tauqeer Malik.