Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 10th August 2018

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Focus on: Pupils celebrate exam success

School pupils in Argyll and Bute celebrated exam success this week − with 100% of National 3 and 4 students passing and more Higher and Advanced Higher pupils achieving pass marks than last year.

A snapshot of the results for Argyll and Bute, announced by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) this morning, shows that every child who sat National 3 and 4 exams in 2018 passed, while 81.9% of pupils sitting Advanced Highers achieved a pass, up 4.92% on 2017 results. National 5 pass results decreased slightly by 1.24%, to 79.86%. However, there was a rise in the number of Higher pupils passing their exams − 78.79%, up 2.9% on last year.

And figures from the SQA also show that Argyll and Bute’s 2018 pass rate is better than the national average for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams. For comparison, the national pass rates are 77.40% for National 5; 76.80% for Higher; and 80.50% for Advanced Higher.

The figures overall show that attainment in Argyll and Bute is on the rise and councillors are congratulating pupils and teachers on their success, while reminding those that didn’t get the results they hoped for that there is support in place to help them explore various options.

Did you know? 

The British Red Cross has created a free mobile app which features simple, easy-to-learn skills for a range of first aid situations, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.

News

Don’t be scammed by bogus callers: Argyll and Bute Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to be aware of doorstep cold-callers, after receiving reports of traders turning up unplanned at peoples’ homes in the area to offer household maintenance, repairs and general improvement work.

Conserving Argyll and Bute’s historic landscape: People living in conservation areas or listed buildings in Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to check with the council before carrying out any changes to their property.

Appeal for foster carers: Could you offer a child a home in a secure family environment? Argyll and Bute Council is looking for foster carers who can look after a child or children either for a temporary period while plans are made for their future or for an extended period if they are unable to go back to their families.

Work with us

Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live, visit, invest and work. If you’re looking for a career move, we’re looking for new recruits in a range of locations and roles, including: various teaching and school support staff posts; a Catering Assistant in Dunoon; a Social Worker in Campbeltown; an Active School Coordinator in Lochgilphead; and more. For full details of all our available posts, visit My Job Scotland.

Consultations

British Sign Language: We would like to know what you think of the first Draft Joint Local British Sign Language Plan for Argyll and Butte 2018 – 2024.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 17 August 2018.