Insight: What's New

New in the September 2021 release of Insight

COVID-19 Statement -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.

New Data

This release updates Local Dashboard Measures using 2020/21 cohort data.

New Features

This release contains new and recently added features to make Insight easier and more responsive for users, including:

New in the February 2021 release of Insight

COVID-19 Statement - updated February 2021

For 2020 the absence of external assessment information, and the Ministerial direction to award estimated grades, have led to a different pattern of attainment than we have seen in previous years. The results for 2020 should not be directly compared to those in previous years or future years. The 2020 Insight data cannot be used to directly demonstrate subject, school or authority improvement compared with previous years. Care should also be taken when looking at your school attainment compared to the virtual comparator.

New Data

This release updates the National Dashboard Measures using 2019/20 leavers data from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It will also contain post administrative review data of 2020 results.

South Lanarkshire S4 Data Issue

The S4 data issue, as described below, has been resolved.

New in the December 2020 release of Insight

COVID-19 statement

Care is required when making any comparisons drawing on the 2020 data. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, schools were closed rapidly in March 2020, affecting assessment and moderation processes for most courses. For 2020 the absence of external assessment information and the Ministerial direction to award estimated grades, have led to a different pattern of attainment than we have seen in previous years. The 2020 Insight data cannot therefore be used to demonstrate subject, school or authority improvement compared with previous years. Users will also consider school context and other sources of information in their analysis.

New Data

This release updates Local Dashboard Measures using 2019/20 cohort data.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Learners that were on track to achieve a full Foundation Apprenticeship received a Letter of Recognition from SDS and SQA confirming that, had it not been for the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the learner was on track to achieve the full FA award. This 'Letter of Recognition' is recognised as evidence for the eligibility requirements for University degree and College course admissions, as per existing published specifications. The FA Letter of Recognition will carry the same Insight tariff points as the full FA Award.

New Features

This release contains new and recently added features to make Insight easier and more responsive for users, including:

South Lanarkshire S4 Data Issue

We have identified a system error relating to Scottish Candidate Numbers which means the data released in December 2020 does not wholly reflect the attainment of S4 pupils within South Lanarkshire. This issue has affected some schools more significantly than others. South Lanarkshire aggregated data and the West Partnership Regional Improvement Collaborative aggregated data will be impacted. We anticipate having this issue fixed and the attainment backdated for the February 2021 Insight release. South Lanarkshire schools may wish to wait until this February 2021 release for a clearer overview of S4 attainment within their schools.


New in the February 2020 release of Insight

New Data

This release updates the National Dashboard Measures using 2018/19 leavers data from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It will also contain post administrative review data of 2019 exam results.


New in the February 2019 release of Insight

New Data

This release updates the National Dashboard Measures using 2017/18 leavers data from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It will also contain post administrative review data of 2018 exam results.

New Features

This release contains new and recently added features to make Insight easier and more responsive for users, including:


New in the September 2018 release of Insight

New Data

New Features