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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.