Changes and cancellations hit exams in Scotland

Exams in Scotland are to be adjusted or cancelled in 2021, the Education Secretary has announced.

The biggest announcement has seen National 5 exams cancelled and replaced with teacher assessments and coursework.

John Swinney said it was likely students would face disruption and that the Covid-19 pandemic was “too big a risk“.

Here is what you need to know.

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Having a positive alternative provision where students are learning

A positive alternative provision provides students with meaningful learning activities with meaningful learning activities which improves self esteem, engagement and subsequently quality of life and their relationship with those around them.

A positive alternative provision backs EDClass’ ethos of education for all. By providing a one-to-one support with a person or through a system they like, they are more likely to engage in education, learn and develop.

This blog post takes a look at the benefits of having a positive alternative provision where students are learning.

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Inclusive education: what can be done to make the system more inclusive

Should GCSEs be changed to create a more inclusive education?

The flawed exam algorithm may have established a flaw in the goal of an inclusive education.

With pupils automatically disadvantaged based on where they are from, the system could be the strongest indicator yet that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have to work harder to achieve in the education system. 

Experts have wade in on the debate about whether there need to be a revamp, including of the GCSE system, in order to make learning more inclusive.

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What is whole school provision mapping?

Whole school provision mapping is part of a graduated approach to meeting students’ additional needs.

In order to create an inclusive learning environment, steps need to be taken by the school to benefit all pupils. This can be done via a range of methods – know as alternative provisions.

A whole school provision map shows how the school is planning and supporting the needs of pupils.

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Fixed term excluded: what does the law say?

When can fixed term exclusion occur? What are school obligations? What are pupils right to appeal? All is explained in our latest blog post.

A fixed term exclusion is an exclusion for a specific amount of time.

A pupil may be excluded for a period of up to 45 days in a single academic year. Longer than this it is likely to become a permanent exclusion however exceptional circumstances may be permitted.

This blog post explains all you need to know about fixed term exclusions.

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What is the school improvement cycle?

The school improvement cycle is a 5 step process identify, maximise and evaluate school improvement.

By following the steps below you can successfully identify gaps in improvement in your school, assess your options, maximise the impact and evaluate your improvements.

Here is how it works.

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How to get suspended students re-engaged with education

For suspended students action at all levels may be required to make sure the return to study is successful for both the student and the education provider.

It is important to communicate with students at appropriate times to manage the return to mainstream classrooms. 

But how can you help students re-engage? This blog post is here to help.

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Racist bullying in England hits record high

Racist bullying is endemic in our schools in the UK, according to a report on racism in schools released this week.

Analysis of Government figures by campaigners Hope Not Hate – and published in the London Evening Standard – found that English schools suspended or permanently excluded students 4,904 times for racist abuse in 2018-19.

It marks a 13% increase from 4,329 which was record in 2017-18 – and it is the highest number since records began in 2006.

Why is racist bullying so high and what can be done about it? This blog post explains.

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What can secondary school learners expect when they return to school?

Social distancing won’t be the only thing to expect when secondary school learners return full time to the classroom next month.

As well as face masks being used in schools in Scotland and schools in England in areas in local lockdown or under headteacher discretion, there will be other changes to be aware of too.

Find out all they are in this blog post for secondary school learners.

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