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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - replacement of National Qualifications exams in 2021 session: equalities impact and Fairer Scotland Duty assessment

Equality impact assessment to consider the impacts on groups with protected characteristics and/or those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage of replacing the examination diet for National 5, Highers and Advanced Highers in 2020 to 2021 with an alternative certification model.


Annex A - Attendance Evidence for EQIA

Percentage Attendance of Senior Phase pupils over time (figure quoted is attendance on the Monday of the w/b indicated)
17/8 24/8 31/8 7/9 14/9 21/9 28/9 5/10 12/10 19/10 26/10 2/11 9/11 16/11 23/11 30/11 7/12 14/12
All Secondary 95% 90.4% 84.1% 87.6% 90.6% 90.9% 90.9% 89.3% 89% 88.4% 90.3% 87.9% 86.9% 85.9% 86.7% 87.1% 86.8% 84.1%
S4 94% 89.3% 82.8% 85.4% 88.5% 89.1% 89% 88.1% 86.7% 86% 88.9% 85.8% 84.7% 84.2% 85.5% 85.6% 85.8% 83.3%
S5 94.3% 90/7% 85.5% 87.1% 90.3% 90.5% 90.6% 89.3% 87.6% 87.7% 89.2% 86.6% 85.8% 85% 86.7% 87.5% 86.8% 84.5%
S6 94.2% 92% 87.7% 89.1% 91.2% 91.5% 91.5% 90.7% 89.3% 88.8% 90.2% 87.7% 88.1% 87.5% 88.3% 88.1% 88.2% 85.7%

Main takeaways:

  • This included “all reason” absences
  • S4 consistently lower attendance rate than school average and S5/6
  • S5 and S6 almost always lower attendance rate until mid-November (what happened? Increased mitigations in class (masks))
Percentage of openings showing pupils were not in school because of any Covid-19 related reason
17/8 24/8 31/8 7/9 14/9 21/9 28/9 5/10 12/10 19/10 26/10 2/11 9/11 16/11 23/11 30/11 7/12 14/12
All Secondary 0.8% 1.9% 2.3% 1.8% 1.5% 1.6% 1.4% 2.6% 2.9% 3.4% 2.9% 3.9% 5% 5.6% 5% 4.1% 4.4% 5.7%
S4 0.9% 2% 2.5% 2.1% 1.8% 1.8% 1.6% 2.9% 3.6% 4.1% 2.9% 4.3% 5.7% 5.8% 4.9% 4.2% 4.1% 5%
S5 0.8% 1.7% 1.9% 1.6% 1.4% 1.6% 1.4% 2.6% 4.3% 3.7% 3.6% 4.7% 6% 6.3% 4.9% 3.4% 4% 5.1%
S6 0.8% 1.2% 1.6% 1.3% 1.3% 1.8% 1.5% 2.4% 4.6% 3.9% 3.5% 4.8% 4.6% 5.0% 4.3% 3.7% 3.8% 4.9%

Main takeaways:

  • S4 greater Covid-related absence rate than school average and S5/6
  • S5 and S6 almost always greater Covid-related absence rate until mid-November (what happened? Increased mitigations in class (masks))

Contact

Email: stuart.milligan@gov.scot

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