INVERCLYDE'S MSP has praised young people and their teachers following the publication of this year's school results.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s grades are based on pupils’ prelim exam marks, coursework, teacher evaluations and a controversial moderation system.

MSP Stuart McMillan said: "I’m grateful to all the teachers and lecturers who worked hard to assess achievement this year.

"The SQA also developed a certification model, which helped ensure young people could receive their qualifications.

“The Inverclyde class of 2020 have achieved record results for National 3, 4 and 5 passes, while Higher awards are on a par with the record set last year.

"Well done to all who will be celebrating these results.

“There will be learners who did not achieve what they were expecting and will be disappointed, and so the SQA will be operating a free appeals process this year in light of COVID-19.

“This year has been exceptionally challenging for learners and educators, but these processes mean we have upheld standards so that all learners can have confidence moving onto the next stage in their life – whether that be further study, employment or training.

“I wish everyone receiving their results every success for the future.”