21/09/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Now, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Big changes are to be made to new secondary school

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qualifications barely three years after reforms were introduced.

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Some assessments in National Five and Higher courses are to be

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

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Our education correspondent Jamie McIvor reports.

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The new qualifications started to be introduced three years ago,

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but are still a hard equation for many teachers to solve.

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The main worry, workload and bureaucracy, and one issue

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is formal assessments marked by teachers themselves.

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These youngsters are studying for their National Five maths.

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They have to complete several of the unit assessments

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All of the new qualifications are broken up into units and each

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unit carries its own mandatory assessment which is marked

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In order to get an overall course award, young people have to pass

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these units as they go along, and then pass the final examination.

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But big changes are on the way in what amounts to a dramatic

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The unit assessments are being scrapped for National

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The aim is to cut down on the workload for

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The big significance will be for students.

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This will assist young people in the concentration

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of their learning, rather than purely and simply be progress.

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Instead of assessments marked by teachers, the plan is to put more

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Some marks may come from coursework but this will not be

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The changes will be phased in over two years and do not affect

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Less formal assessment for young people, and teaching with more depth

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of learning and for teachers a reduction workload

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Some of these youngsters may have left school by the time the changes

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happen. the threat of escalating industrial

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action and help restore goodwill? Three years after the launch

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of an NHS scheme to give vital support, thousands of patients

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with dementia still Suzanne Allan has this exclusive

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report. She was but I think

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she probably had dementia then. Margret was diagnosed a year

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after this photo was taken. She was put on a waiting list

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for what the NHS called the one-year It gives everyone with dementia

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support from a link They said there was a waiting list

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and it would probably be six months The family had help from nurses

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but they are on their Consistency, which is really hard

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for my mum, because things have My mum has suffered

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the most because I think The link worker gives advice

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on anything from benefits to keeping A BBC FOI request found

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in the Western Isles there was no But if you live in Orkney or

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Shetland everyone has received it. This is a group where

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people with dementia come Many people here have not

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heard of the scheme. We have had a forum before and out

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of a group of maybe 30 people, there were about two

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in the group who received I think there is still a lack

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of awareness about that support. If patients are keen,

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what is going wrong? The variation in uptake could be

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

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everyone wants it or in some places Western Isles health board have told

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us new staff have been recruited and they are supporting

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their patients in different ways. The Scottish government recognises

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there are challenges. It also promised a new

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three-year strategy will be MSPs have tonight complained

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that they are not being given enough time to scrutinise

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

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finance committee - chaired by Bruce Crawford,

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

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said the problem was caused Earlier, I spoke to our political

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editor Brian Taylor and asked him What is at stake here is some ?30

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billion of public spending for Scotland for the year 2017-18. The

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vote should be taken here at Holyrood around February next year.

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Before that, there ought to be detailed scrutiny by

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parliamentarians and that is being curtailed. That is because the

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Chancellor's Oulton spending statement is delayed until the 23rd

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of November because of Brexit uncertainties. Scottish Government

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say they need to see the colour of the Chancellor's money before they

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set the Scottish spending plans. MSP is accept that, but they are unhappy

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about one thing. They said they were promised to get a work in progress,

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scenario planning, some details as they go. They have now been told

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they won't get that. They will get it cold in mid-December. They are

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very unhappy with that. -- they will get if culled.

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We have a former SNP cabinet minister taking his own government

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to task. It is unusual. It is. He's the

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former minister for Parliamentary affairs. He knows how these things

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are run. This isn't just Bruce Crawford, it is the finance

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committee. The committee Koloamatangi committees in general,

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the prolonged attempt to strengthen them and beef up their response.

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Secondly, an attempt by Parliament as a whole to remind the SNP that

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they are in a minority here at Holyrood. This is Parliament bearing

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its teeth. Scottish Labour is set to get more

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power over policy and people - making it more distinct

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from the UK party. A series of reforms were confirmed

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by the party's executive last night. Here's our political

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correspondent Nick Eardley. Few resignations in recent Scottish

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political history have been damning. Johann Lamont's claim

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that the Scotland Labour Party Now the new leader thinks

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she has found a solution. I'm delighted that what will go

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before our members at conference next week is a strong plan

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to make Scottish Labour London currently has a say

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in who the Scottish party puts The reforms will mean that is

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a matter for Scottish Labour. The changes also give the party

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north of the border power That includes those the parliament

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in Westminster controls. If, as some fear, there

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

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Scotland could make It could also mean the Scottish

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party has different When it comes to the general

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election manifesto, how Every part of our Labour family

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will come together in one room But for the first time -

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and you cannot miss the significance of this -

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we will determine all our own policy Leaving last night's meeting of

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Labour's executive, she won a penalty for Scotland. That has

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raised some eyebrows. The SNP had dominated for the last

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couple of years because they have I think with being a more

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independent Labour Party in Scotland Will these changes solve the puzzle

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of where the balance lies? This could be the last piece

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of the reformed jigsaw. Police say they've arrested

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a 27-year-old man in connection with offensive behaviour

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at the Old Firm match The BBC understands the arrest

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is in connection with effigies hung The arrest took place earlier today

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and is related to effigies - one draped in a Rangers scarf,

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the other in an orange sash - being hung from the upper tier

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of the stand containing Police say the 27-year-old man had

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been arrested under the Offensive This match was the first time

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

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earlier this season. Police say following a number

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of disorder incidents, a team of detectives have been

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trawling through CCTV footage and they are now appealing for fans

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to send mobile phone footage and they say they are significantly

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interested in footage of the vandalism of the away

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supporters' toilets - that is the toilets used

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by the visiting Rangers fans. They have become aware of footage

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circulating on social media showing After the match, Rangers issued

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

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who were subjected to a sickening and shameful display

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of sectarian hatred. Celtic said they would deal

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with all the issues which had arisen and they thank their fans

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for the support they had Well, it's over to Kirsteen

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Macdonald now with the weather Good evening. It has been a cloudy,

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wet evening for many of us. Tonight, gradually, the rain will become

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confined towards eastern coastal areas and across the Northern Isles.

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Behind that, a lot of dry, clear conditions feeding into the West,

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especially. A few mist and fog patches and a chilly night to come

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under clear skies, especially through parts of the Northwest with

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loads of around three degrees. Tomorrow morning, a dry start for

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many of us. Fairly chilly, some finds those of sunshine across much

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of the country around 8am. The south west, towards the Glasgow area,

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through the likes of Argyll, in through much of the north-west

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Highlands, towards the Inverness area and the far north, too. One of

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two showers affecting the Western Isles, perhaps the Isle of Skye at

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times. For the Northern Isles and north-eastern coastal areas, cloudy

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skies with outbreaks of rain. As we go through the morning, that rain

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will pull away and that allows much of the UK some dry, bright

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conditions with some spells of sunshine. Some showery rain

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affecting Wales during the morning, pushing through the Midlands and

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eventually through eastern parts of England. I had off that, with some

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sunshine, temperatures will rise to around 21 degrees. Otherwise, around

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15 to 17 degrees, a few showers affecting Northern Ireland and the

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West of Scotland as we go through the day, accompanied by

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strengthening southerly winds. For the evening period across Scotland,

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the showers will become more heavy and more frequent and gradually

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track their way eastwards. By Friday, we still have high pressure

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holding on across much of the UK, which affords us another largely dry

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day with some spells of sunshine. This area of low pressure will begin

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to make its presence felt later on Friday, especially across the North

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West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and this weather front will

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affect many of us on Saturday, bringing rain and strengthening

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winds. But Friday, a lot of dry, bright weather with spells of

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sunshine. Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But, from everyone on the late

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team here in Glasgow

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