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Commenting on the decision by the Curriculum and Assessment Board that it is not going to progress changes to National 4 qualifications, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“At the last meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Board (CAB), the NASUWT was concerned that the proposal for National 4 reforms was dropped to allow for wider consultation, a position confirmed by the agenda for today’s meeting.

“The NASUWT does not consider there is any need for a ‘wider consultation’. Teacher unions, SQA, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government agreed on the need for change at a meeting in October and this proposal fell at the full CAB, in part because of opposition from organisations that do not represent those delivering the new qualifications.”

Mike Corbett, National Executive Member and the NASUWT representative on the Curriculum and Assessment Board, said:

“Our members’ views on National 4, that it lacks credibility and needs an externally assessed element, helped to shape the proposal which went to the full CAB meeting.

“If the CAB is going to vote down a proposal which was agreed by all of the teacher associations, Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the SQA then it is a body which is not supporting teachers and its membership needs to be reformed.”


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