11 September
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A recent report to the council's Education Executive showed that performance of S5 and S6 pupils at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6, which includes Highers and equivalent qualifications has risen considerably in the last five years.


Those achieving five or more awards at Higher level rose by two percentage point this year to 43%, and those with three or more awards rising by two percentage points to 60%. Numbers achieving at least one Higher level qualification rose by four percentage points to 75%.


In the last five years, those achieving at least 5, 3 and 1 Higher level qualifications in West Lothian has risen by 17, 17 and 12 percentage points respectively.


Executive councillor for education, David Dodds, said: "It's fantastic to see pupils in West Lothian achieve improving SCQF awards for an amazing eighth consecutive year.


"Well done to all the pupils for their hard work and dedication, which was particularly challenging this year due to the covid-19 pandemic.


"My appreciation also goes to all the teachers and Education staff who have supported our young people to achieve these outstanding results. Your efforts to help pupils reach their potential and focus on raising attainment has been phenomenal.


"Finally, huge thanks must also go to all the parents and carers, who play an essential role in the success of our young people."