Speaking about qualifications received by students in Wales today, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru said:

“Congratulations to all students getting their A-Level, Welsh Baccalaureate, and other vocational and technical results today; they are thoroughly deserved, and a reflection of the hard work and effort demonstrated, as well as that of the education professionals, parents, and carers supporting them.

“Students this year have shown continued resilience and their achievements, through unprecedented levels of disruption and adversity, should be commended by everyone involved.

“Whilst the journey to today was far from ideal, it is refreshing that students can take comfort in receiving a grade based on the merits of their own work this year. The fact that students were assessed only on what they had been taught, the thorough checks and balances throughout the system and extensive exam board quality assurance should give everyone confidence that students have grades that reflect what they know and can do, not grades created by an algorithm relative to what everyone else achieved.”

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