GCSE: Teaching union congratulates pupils on their exam success

Published date: 21 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE NASUWT, the largest teaching union in Wales, has congratulated pupils on their GCSE successes.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said: “Pupils and teachers are to be congratulated on their success which, as always, is the culmination of an immense amount of hard work and effort.

“It is a testament to the commitment and focus of pupils and their teachers that they have been able to maintain standards despite the stress caused by the upheavals in the qualifications system triggered by the Coalition Government in Westminster, and the changes being introduced in Wales.

“While governments, academics and experts have debated the merits of different qualification systems and sought to determine what’s best for our children and young people, teachers and their pupils have just on got on with the business of teaching and learning.“

Rex Phillips, NASUWT Wales Organiser, said: “These are the results that matter to the pupils of Wales as they provided a stepping-stone for their future. Our pupils and their teachers can be proud of their achievements today.

“The results are all the more remarkable when placed in the context of the obsession at the Senedd, and within the wider education establishment in Wales, with PISA rankings and the drive towards a curriculum and assessment system based on numeracy and literacy at the expense of subject content.

“It is to the immense credit of schools, teachers and their pupils that they have kept their heads while those around them appear to have lost theirs.”

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