The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s largest teaching union representing 80% of Scotland’s teachers and lecturers, has welcomed the publication of a stable set of SQA exam results.

The results show pass rates of 76.8% at Higher level and 80.5% at Advanced Higher.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “The results announced today reflect the hard work of pupils across Scotland who should be applauded. Scotland’s teachers have continued to go the extra mile to provide support and encouragement to their pupils, whilst dealing with ongoing concerns of excessive workload and deteriorating salary values.”

“The introduction of an extended Grade D at National 5 has helped reduce the “belt and braces” approach of pupils being entered for both National 5 and National 4 but further investigation is required to assess the impact of the extended exam at National 5, a concern raised by EIS members. This is urgent as this session will see the removal of Units at Higher level, also.”

“Overall, however, this year's results show that both Scotland’s pupils and educational establishments continue to perform well, despite the many challenges affecting education and teachers today.”