Pupils to be set new Scottish history exams

Secondary pupils will have to learn about five landmark events that shaped Scotland if they want to pass a new exam being unveiled by ministers.

A compulsory Scottish Higher history paper is to be introduced next month to answer criticism that youngsters have little knowledge of the country's past.

The exam will cover the 13th-Century Wars of Independence, in which William Wallace and Robert the Bruce played a major part.

It will also cover the 16th-Century Age of Reformation, the Acts of Union in 1707, Scottish migration in the 19th century and the impact of the First World War on Scotland.

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