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

“Congratulations to everyone getting their results today. We have seen a wealth of resilience from staff and students alike, in what can only be described as exceptionally challenging circumstances.

“The exceptional circumstances that materialised because of the pandemic necessitated different approaches to qualifications for each of the last 2 cohorts of students. The grades have been through a rigorous process, and we need to make sure we praise the efforts of everyone involved.

“For next year, we need a back-up plan in place, to avoid a repeat of the chaos and significant unnecessary workload, pressure, and stress experienced this summer. Sadly, we will likely see more disruption for some students during the next academic year.

“Welsh Government needs to put a Plan B in place and make funds available now, so education settings can start planning for next year. This would benefit everyone in education.

“We have an opportunity here in Wales to capture any positives from this year for young people, as we look at building a new curriculum with a new qualifications system which truly supports young people. There will be a time to reflect, and NEU Cymru will take a full role in whatever form that reflection takes.”

ENDS

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818.  Mob: 07815 071164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

“Congratulations to everyone getting their results today. We have seen a wealth of resilience from staff and students alike, in what can only be described as exceptionally challenging circumstances.

“The exceptional circumstances that materialised because of the pandemic necessitated different approaches to qualifications for each of the last 2 cohorts of students. The grades have been through a rigorous process, and we need to make sure we praise the efforts of everyone involved.

“For next year, we need a back-up plan in place, to avoid a repeat of the chaos and significant unnecessary workload, pressure, and stress experienced this summer. Sadly, we will likely see more disruption for some students during the next academic year.

“Welsh Government needs to put a Plan B in place and make funds available now, so education settings can start planning for next year. This would benefit everyone in education.

“We have an opportunity here in Wales to capture any positives from this year for young people, as we look at building a new curriculum with a new qualifications system which truly supports young people. There will be a time to reflect, and NEU Cymru will take a full role in whatever form that reflection takes.”

ENDS

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans, National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818.  Mob: 07815 071164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.