Following the publication of today’s GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union said:

“We congratulate all students who have collected their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results today and wish them all the very best for the future. It is particularly pleasing to note that overall GCSE performance in Wales has improved by 1.2% especially given the fact that all examinations have been subject to reform in recent years. This progress is testament to the time and effort put into their studies by pupils across Wales and the unstinting dedication of education professionals in our schools.

“Last week we saw Wales’ best ever A level results and we now anticipate this cohort going on to achieve similar, if not better results. Between now and then schools and bodies such as Qualifications Wales will be analysing the grades and identifying areas where improvements can be made in a constant endeavour to provide our youngsters with the best opportunity to succeed.

“And let’s not forget that all this is set against the backdrop of a funding crisis in our schools that impacts upon every level of education delivery. At times it feels that teachers and support assistants are being expected to perform with one hand tied behind their back. The fact that they continually deliver in such circumstances speaks volumes about their professionalism.”

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

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