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Big changes to school qualifications - pupils will face tougher exams


BBC Scotland learns there's patchy support for newly diagnosed dementia


patients, and this sporadic approach to care doesn't help.


Consistency, which is really hard for my mum, because things have to


stay the same with dementia, routines, people's faces. My mum is


the one who has suffered the most. I think she has been let down.


We'll hear from one family who're still waiting for support -


Also on the programme, the brother of a Scottish


aid worker, murdered in Syria, tells us military action alone


won't defeat so-called Islamic State.


And Scotland's women's football team celebrated reaching Euro 2017


with an impressive victory against group winners - Iceland.


Big changes are to be made to new secondary


school qualifications, barely three years after


Some assessments in National 5 and Higher courses are to be


scrapped and more emphasis will be put back onto the final exam.


It follows industrial action by some teachers over their workloads but


tonight the largest teaching union says it will suspend a work-to-rule.


Our education correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.


The new qualification started to be introduced three years ago, but are


still a hard equation for many teachers to solve. The main worry,


workload and bureaucracy, and one issue is formal assessments marked


by teachers themselves. These youngsters are studying for their


National five maths. They have to complete several of the unit


assessments and also sit an exam. All of the new qualifications are


broken up into units and each unit carries its own mandatory assessment


which is marked by the teacher. In order to get an overall course


award, young people have to pass these units as they go along, and


then pass the final examination. But big changes are on the way in what


amounts to a dramatic change to a new system. The unit assessments are


being scrapped for National five and Hire students. The aim is to cut


down on the workload for teachers and students. The big significance


will be for students. This will assist young people in the


concentration of their learning, rather than purely and simply be


progress. What will change? Instead of assessments marked by teachers,


the plan is to put more emphasis on the final exam. Some marks may come


from coursework but this will not be marked by class teachers. The


changes will be phased in over two years and do not affect this year's


courses. Less formal assessment for young people, and teaching with more


debt than learning and for teachers a reduction workload is and


bureaucracy. Will this be enough to see off the threat of escalating


industrial action and help restore goodwill?


Dementia touches the lives of thousands of us and our families


but many people are still not receiving the help


Three years after the launch of an NHS scheme to give vital


support, thousands of patients still haven't received any.


What's more, the prospects for getting it vary dramatically


In Shetland, everyone that needs it has got it,


but if you live in Stornoway, the scheme stopped for over a year.


Suzanne Allan has this exclusive report.


She looks happy. She was but I think she probably had dementia then.


Margret was diagnosed a year after this photo was taken. She was put on


a waiting list for what the NHS called the one-year diagnostic


support guarantee. It gives everyone with dementia support from a link


worker for 12 months. They said there was a waiting list and it


would probably be six months that they did not have the staff. A year


later they are still waiting. The family had help from nurses but they


are on their third different person. Consistency, which is really hard


for my mum, because things have to stay the same with dementia.


Routine, people's faces. My mum has suffered the most because I think


she has been let down. The link worker gives advice on anything from


benefits to keeping an eye on the person's condition. A BBC report


found in the Western Isles fills no service for 18 months. But if you


live in Orkney or Shetland everyone has received it. It is afternoon tea


time here. This is a group where people with dementia come and meet


their friends. Many people here have not heard of the scheme. We have had


a forum before and out of a group of maybe 30 people, there were about


two in the group who received post diagnostic support. I think there is


still a lack of awareness about that support. Scotland is a world leader


with this guarantee, but not everyone who is offered it accepts.


If patients are keen, what is going wrong? The variation in uptake could


be caused by whoever is offering it, not offering it in a way that


everyone wants it or in some places it is not being offered. Western


Isles health board have told us new staff have been recruited and they


are supporting their patients in different ways. The Scottish health


board recognises there are challenges.


It also promised a new three-year strategy will be published later


this year. MSPs have tonight complained


that they are not being given enough time to scrutinise


Scottish Government spending plans. The protest comes from Holyrood's


finance committee - which is chaired by Bruce Crawford,


a former SNP Cabinet Minister. In response, the Scottish Government


said the problem was caused Our political editor Brian Taylor


is at Holyrood for us tonight. Remember what is at stake here, some


?30 billion or thereabouts of public spending for Scotland. The vote


should be taken here in Holyrood around February next year. Before


that, there ought to be detailed scrutiny, not by government, but by


parliamentarians, and that is being curtailed. Why? The Chancellor's


autumn spending statement for the whole of the UK is delayed because


of the Brexit uncertainties. The Scottish Secretary says we need to


see the colour of the Chancellor's money before we set out Scotland's


spending plans. The SNP are unhappy. They say they were given a promise


spending plans. The SNP are unhappy. that they would get work in progress


scenario planning, some details. Now they are not getting that. They will


get it cold in mid-December and other planning is up to them. They


are very unhappy with that. They plan to take it to the full chamber,


in essence, trying to get the government to overturn that. We have


a former SNP cabinet minister taking his own government to task. That is


quite unusual, isn't it? It is. He is the former member for


Parliamentary affairs so he knows how this is run. What is going on


here? First of all, the committees in general, that has been a


prolonged attempt to toughen them and beef up their response.


Secondly, there is a reminder to the SNP that they are in a minority at


Secondly, there is a reminder to the Holyrood. Thank you.


Scottish Labour is set to get more power over policy and people,


making it more distinct from the UK party.


A series of reforms was confirmed by the party's executive last night


and will go to the party's conference for final approval.


Our political correspondent Nick Eardley has been looking


Few resignations in recent Scottish political history have been damning.


Joanne Lamb and's claim that the Scotland Labour Party was seen as a


branch office -- Johann Lamont. Now the new leader thinks she has found


a solution. I'm delighted that what will go before our members at


conference next week is a strong plan to make Scottish Labour and


autonomous party. What is changing? London currently has a say in who


the Scottish party puts forward for election to Westminster. The reforms


will mean that is a matter for Scottish Labour. The changes also


give the party north of the border power to set its own Lizzy Yarnold


issues. That includes those the parliament in Westminster controls.


The changes could be significant. If, as some fear, there is an


attempt to deselect MPs who don't support Jeremy Corbyn, Scotland


could make its own decisions. It could also mean the Scottish party


has different policies to the UK party. When it comes to the general


election manifesto, how will they bridge the gap? Every part of our


labour family will come together in one room and argue it all out. But


for the first time, and you cannot miss the significance of this, we


will determine all our own policy positions in Scotland. We as


Scottish Labour members should be an thin more. This person will not


be... The SNP had dominated for the last couple of years because they


have become the party for Scotland. I think with being a more


Independent Labour Party in Scotland we could get that mantle back. Will


be is changes solved the puzzle of where the balance lies? This could


be the last piece of the reformed jigsaw.


The Scotch whisky industry is committing to new targets


for reduced energy use and less environmental impact.


Energy use from non-fossil fuels has already risen from 3% to 17%,


and the new target is to reach 40% by 2030.


Some 33% of whisky packaging, including bottles and boxes,


is now made from recycled materials, and the latest target is to get that


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Big changes to come on how National Fives and Highers


are marked, which means tougher exams and less assessed coursework.


Scotland's women's football team win an impressive


Police say they've arrested a 27-year-old man in connection


with offensive behaviour at the Old Firm match


The BBC understands the arrest is in connection with effigies


draped in Rangers scarves being hung from the roof of one of the stands.


Police say their investigation into other offensive incidents


and vandalism at the stadium that day is still going on.


The arrest took place earlier today and is related to effigies, one


draped in a Rangers scarf, the other in an orange sash, being hung from


the upper tier of the stand containing Celtic supporters. Police


say the 27-year-old man had been arrested under the offensive


behaviour at football act. This match was the first time the two


teams had met in the league since Rangers return to the SPL earlier


this season. Police say following a number of disorder incidents, a team


of detectives have been trawling through CCTV footage and they are


now appealing for fans to send a mobile phone footage and they say


they are significantly interested in footage of the vandalism of the way


supporters toilets, that is the toilets used by the visiting Rangers


fans. They have become aware of footage circulating on social media


showing the vandalism of those toilets. After the match, Rangers


issued a statement saying they were aware of the disgust felt by fans


who were supposed to a sickening and shameful display of sectarian


hatred. Celtic said they would deal with all the issues which had arisen


and they thank their fans for the support they had given to the team.


The brother of a Scottish aid worker murdered in Syria says military


action alone will not defeat so-called Islamic State.


Aid worker David Haines from Perth was killed two years ago.


Since then his brother Mike has been campaigning for religious tolerance.


He's addressing an event in Dundee tonight and has been speaking


Mike Haines calls for peace despite having suffered at the hands of


those who preach violence. His brother David was murdered two years


ago in Syria by so-called Islamic State. He'd been held hostage for 18


months. It was very difficult for the family but we supported each


other. When one of us was feeling down or week, then the other members


of the family, you know, we all came together in a very strong unit.


David Haines had spent two decades working in humanitarian aid. Part of


that time was in Bosnia. On his first trip to Syria, IS militants


captured him. By the time of his memorial service, Mike Haines had


decided to dedicate his life to campaigning for tolerance between


religions. When he was killed, my gut reaction was, I wanted to go out


there and kill. I understand it -- I realised that their actions are all


about causing hatred so, if I committed a hate asked, first of all


in my brother's name, my brother would want me for the rest of my


days. In the two years since David's death, the conflict in Syria and


Iraq has continued. US and American forces are engaged in the fight.


Does Mike Haines believe that military action will end the threat?


I don't think it is the only answer. Reaching out the hand of friendship


to a people, culture that you don't know, a neighbour from a different


country, over the fence and saying hello, how are you doing, and you


grow these bonds. They are stronger than anything against the hatred.


Tonight, he will bring his message of tolerance to a gathering in


support of refugees, convinced it will eventually make a difference.


Health boards across Scotland are being given an extra


?9 million for accident and emergency departments.


The Scottish government says the funding is designed to ease


the pressure on emergency wards in the winter.


Opposition MSPs have welcomed the extra money but say


there still aren't enough staff on the wards.


Santander has pulled out of talks to buy more


RBS, which is part-owned by the taxpayer, has until the end


The sale was a condition of the Government's bailout


A look at other stories from across the country.


The Rural Economy Secretary has ruled out any further inquiry


into the Common Agricultural Policy payments fiasco.


being delayed because of problems with an IT system.


Appearing before MSPs today, Fergus Ewing admitted ?9-10 million


I think the priority for us and for farmers is to resolve the remaining


difficulties with the IT systems and to restore the operation of the


system to a proper footing. Anything that detract from that process by


taking senior officials away from focusing on that would, I think, be


counter-productive and would be most unwelcome to the staff determined to


do the job to the best of their ability.


Police have still to identify a motorcyclist killed


in a crash with a van in Aberdeenshire yesterday.


The ship that will take the damaged oil rig Transocean Winner to Turkey


for decommissioning has arrived off the coast of Lewis.


The drilling rig is to be floated onto the deck


The rig ran aground during a storm more than a month ago.


A Scottish charity is urging people to swap their beds for sleeping bags


in its annual sleep out to raise awareness and funds


For 25 years, the Rock Trust has helped youngsters.


It's now developing a strategy designed to end youth


homelessness in ten years through early intervention.


We need to look at wider families, why do relationships break down, and


supporting young people and families. When young people go


through adolescence, it can be a difficult time for all family


members. It's really about looking at these different issues as well,


and that's a real challenge because we still think of homelessness as a


housing issue. Police are appealing for information


after human remains were found in a tent in a secluded quarry area


on the outskirts of Inverness. Officers say the death


is being treated as unexplained and, while they don't know the identity,


age or sex of the person, it's likely the body has been


there for several months. A postmortem examination


is to be carried out. Scotland's women aim


to further improve ahead of featuring in next summer's


European Championship finals. Anna Signeul's national side had


already secured qualification for Euro 2017 before last night's


match in Iceland. As Brian McLauchlin reports,


the Scots finished This was the goal that sealed


victory for Scotland's women against Iceland in Reykjavik on Tuesday.


Jane Ross on target from the penalty spot. She says the clock is ticking


towards next summer's final -- finals. We already know we had


qualified. Preparations have already started. To come here and put in the


performance we did, we can only take confidence from that. The Scots had


lost 4-0 Iceland on home soil in June but, when Ross nodded in the


opener, they put the team back on track for victory. Although Iceland


vectorised -- equalised, these God showed immense character. -- the


squad. I am proud of them and they are proud of themselves. They


stepped up to the plate. With the finals just ten months away, taking


on world-class opposition between now and then is a priority. We need


these games to get high intensity, fast to play really physical and


play together as a team. It was a group hug at full-time as Scotland


play together as a team. It was a sign of qualification with a win and


a first major finals for the squad looming on the horizon.


Andy Murray says he likes the idea of shortening the format of future


The International Tennis Federation has proposed a two-day contest


instead of three days, and best of three sets


Both Andy and Jamie Murray are playing at a charity


event in Glasgow tonight, where they caught up


Yes, as if the Olympics, the Davis Cup, Wimbledon, the US open wasn't


enough, Andy Murray's only gone and created is only tennis event here at


the Hydro in Glasgow. A chance to play in front of home fans and to


raise some money for charity. Joining us are Andy and Jamie


Murray. Andy, looking forward to a more light-hearted contest? Yeah,


obviously. The weekend was pretty stressful physically and mentally


but tonight should be a great fun evening. You were involved in some


coaching schools earlier on. The Glasgow warriors boss was part of


it. Impressed with his skills? Yeah, he put in some good work. It was


cool. A lot of them came out. Mum was there at the session, teaching


everyone how to use a racket. It's not easy to pick up a racket and


know how to handle it. It was good fun. There is some remarkable


footage from earlier on this week of the Bramley brothers, Ali helping


his brother Jonny over the line in the triathlon. -- the Bramley


brothers. It is obvious that you are brothers. Were you able to identify


that footage? As it being a support for you knowing your brother is in


tennis? I think I'd do the same. So, Andy, you might expect a hand


tonight? I needed it at the weekend after my match on Friday. In tennis,


we never push ourselves to the limits that the triathletes do. It


was amazing. 'S been a great year for you, becoming a dad just over


six months ago. Good, fun, enjoyable adventure? Yeah, it's been amazing.


Challenging at times, but great. Every day, you learn something new.


Unfortunately, I don't get to spend every single day with her. When I am


away for a few days, and then I get to see her, something has changed,


doing something new. It's great. She's growing up quickly. I've


enjoyed it a lot so far and my wife is doing a great job to sort of,


yeah, hopefully it stays that way. Thank you both very much for joining


us. Hopefully, these guys after tonight would get a little bit of


rest. Now here's Shelly Joffre


with details of Scotland 2016. Tonight, we hear from Westminster's


youngest MP, married black, about the pensions problem affecting


millions of women approaching retirement. -- Marie black. And, as


new homes are being built to deal with the housing shortage, what


about the pressure on local health care question mark jointly at


10:30pm. And now the weather. This morning, we had plenty of


brightness. Plenty of sunshine around, as illustrated by a weather


watcher in the Borders. Through the day, the cloud has increased. This


evening, it looks cloudy for most of us with further outbreaks of rain.


That rain continues to track its way through much of western Scotland and


tonight it will eventually become confined to more eastern areas and


across the northern isles, too. Dreier, clearer conditions feeding


into the west behind that front. A view and fog patches and the winds


easing, too. A chilly night under clear skies in the north-west. For


the most part, temperatures holding up around 8-12. Tomorrow, a fairly


cloudy start across the east and the northern isles. Fairly quickly, that


rain pulls away to leave a fine day across much of the country tomorrow


afternoon. For central, southern and eastern Scotland tomorrow afternoon,


it is looking dry with spells of sunshine. Light to moderate winds


and highs of around 17 Celsius. Across much of the north-west and


the Western Isles, clouding over through the afternoon with a few


showers through the Western Isles, especially accompanied by


strengthening southerly winds. Find across the north east with some


bright or sunny spells. Tomorrow evening, we will see showers in the


north-west becoming heavier or more frequent and gradually pushing their


way further east. By Friday morning, we have a window of fine weather


with some spells of brightness and sunshine before this area of low


pressure makes its presence felt as we go through the day. Some fine


conditions to start with with some brightness and sunshine, gradually


becoming cloudier. Eventually some rain feeding into the north-west and


northern isles fostered Saturday at this stage looks cloudy, wet and


windy. Now, a reminder of tonight's


main news: Big changes are to be made


to new secondary school qualifications barely three years


after reforms were introduced. It follows industrial action by some


teachers about their workload. Some assessments in National 5


and Higher courses are to be scrapped and more emphasis will be


put back onto the final exam. The US and Russia have clashed


repeatedly and in the strongest terms at the UN about who was


responsible for the attack on an aid convoy in Syria


on Monday that destroyed The US Secretary of State said


he felt he was living in a parallel universe when Russia


denied any involvement. I'll be back with the headlines


at 8, and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone


on the team - right across the country -


have a very good evening.


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