Welsh Government Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has congratulated learners in Wales receiving their GCSE and vocational qualification results today.
- There were 328,658 summer GCSE entries this year, a rise of 8.6% compared to 2020.
- 29% of entries achieved an A* or A, with 74% receiving between A*- C.
- 98% of entries resulted in a pass between grades A*-G.
This year’s assessment and qualification process has been different to previous years, as examinations for summer 2021 were cancelled in response to the pandemic. A new system was designed and delivered by schools and colleges, drawing on a range of assessment evidence to determine learners’ grades.
The Welsh Government provided an additional £9m to support schools and colleges in the delivery of this year’s assessments. £26m was provided to ensure students could complete their vocational qualifications and colleges could continue to deliver practical sessions this year.
Jeremy Miles said: “Our priority this year has been to put a system in place so that learners receive grades based on evidence of their work and enables them to progress to the next stage of their education, training or work with confidence.
“My message to this year’s GCSE students is a huge ‘well done’. You’ve had everything thrown at you over the last 18 months – periods in lockdown, time away from your friends and families, and times where you’ve missed out on many of the social activities you should be enjoying. You’ve shown tremendous resilience to overcome all of these challenges.
“I also want to congratulate learners on their vocational qualification results. Skills in priority sectors are vitally important in meeting the range of needs of the Welsh economy, now more than ever, and your hard-earned qualifications will put you in good stead for the future.
“It’s also been a remarkable achievement by all the school and college staff who’ve worked so hard to enable qualifications this year. It’s been an almighty task to put measures in place so that learners could get their results, like any other year. You should be very proud of the work you have done to help our learners progress.”
Meanwhile, the Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay to give parents, teachers and students clarity by outlining a roadmap for the new academic year.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Laura Anne Jones MS, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the tremendous work of our students across Wales during the last year. Times have been unprecedented, and teachers have had to be more innovative than ever before.
“Parents and carers have been stalwarts and have supported learners every step of the way. Students have worked so hard in what has been an extraordinary year and every single student should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
“We need to celebrate their resilience and true ability to overcome adversity. I want to congratulate all students who are receiving their results today and wish them the best of luck as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
“As we move out of the pandemic, it is important the Welsh Labour Government now outlines the roadmap for the new academic year and provides clarity for teachers, pupils and parents. We believe exams remain the fairest and best form of assessment and hope to see them return as soon as practically possible.”
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