COVID-19 Statement - updated September 2021

Entry and attainment figures for the years up to and including 2019 are derived from different awarding approaches than 2020 and, separately, 2021. Comparisons of entries, attainment volumes and attainment rates should only be made with full consideration and recognition of each of these different approaches.

Note that these statistics do not include 465 entries (282 pupils) who have registered for the Incomplete Evidence Contingency (IEC) process, introduced as part of the Alternative Certification Model (AMC) 2021 to allow learners who meet specific criteria to undertake assessments and be resulted post-August 2021. Any IEC entries that are subsequently resulted will be included as part of the February release. The number entered for and resulted may change between September and February.


National (School Leavers) Measures

Users are reminded that National/Leavers attainment data (as updated in the February 2021 Update) may include attainment gained across a number of academic sessions and therefore reflect differing approaches to certification dependant on the session in which the achievement was certificated.

Destinations figures may reflect both choices made by pupils, as well as the opportunities available to them upon leaving school. The availability of particular opportunities (employment opportunities, for example) may have been directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, while options available to school leavers may also have been affected by the impact of the approach to certification in 2020 on attainment levels.


Local (All Candidate) Measures

Local/Cohort attainment data (as updated in September 2021), depending on the cohort selected, may include attainment gained across a number of academic sessions (typically these would be S5 and S6 cohorts) and therefore reflect differing approaches to certification dependant on the session in which the achievement was certificated.


Supporting your analysis of the data

Our Insight Advisors have prepared a resource to assist users in their analysis of the 2020/2021 attainment data. The Advisors are also available to provide one-to-one support to your analysis. For further information, and to arrange a conversation with an advisor, please email the advisors.