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44% Hull pupils get five GCSE passes

As teenagers across the region receive their GCSE results today it is estimated that 44% of students in Hull have reached the five A*- C grades including English and Mathematics.

The way in which marks have been calculated differs to previous years, making it difficult for local authorities to provide accurate comparisons.

However, early indications show that out of 13 schools in Hull:

  • Three schools have achieved their best ever results
  • Five schools have made significant gains on previous years

I’m delighted with this year’s results and so very proud of our young people’s achievements. My congratulations go out to every pupil and I wish you all the very best in the future. I must also of course thank the teachers and other staff who have supported Hull’s students throughout their studies. They, together with parents and family members, have all contributed a great deal to today’s successes.

– Councillor Rosie Nicola, Hull City Council

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Apprenticeship campaign launched ahead of GCSE results

The Business Secretary Vince Cable came to Yorkshire to launch a new campaign which aims to show young people the benefits of on the job training.

With just hours to go before they get their GCSE results - tens of thousands of students across the region are being urged to take up apprenticeships.

But Labour critics say it is now twice as hard to get an apprenticeship as it is to get into university.

Lisa Adlam reports:

Apprentice drive comes to Yorkshire

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been in Yorkshire today launching a new scheme providing more apprenticeships and encouraging young people to apply for them.

Mr Cable visited the ITV Yorkshire studios and the Emmerdale set in Leeds this morning to see how apprentices here bring the show to life.

He is visiting a range of companies across the city to launch the Government's new campaign calling on young people to "Get In, Go Far" by choosing an apprenticeship:

A-Level students decide on their future

Thousands of students right across our region are deciding what their future holds after getting their A Level results.

The pass rate has dropped nationally for the first time in more than 30 years, and here in our region eight per cent of students achieved an A star grade, but that is below the national average.

Michael Billington reports from Bradford College.

And from Lincolnshire, Adam Fowler reports:

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Dyslexic pupil celebrates three As

A student who did not write a word of his A-level exam answers was celebrating three A grades today.

Aidan Clancy, who is severely dyslexic and has dyspraxia, used a headset and a laptop with voice recognition software when he sat the classics, economics and history papers.

The Ripon Grammar School pupil, from Ripley, North Yorkshire, was in a separate room from his friends who were writing away in the exam hall, while he spoke into the laptop which cannot access the internet.

The 18-year-old said: "The technology allows me to put down on paper what's in my head.

"I tried to take my AS exams last year in the normal way because it had worked OK for my GCSEs.

"But A-levels are a big step up. After the AS exams, which included three in one day totalling five hours and 47 minutes, my hand was aching really badly, I was exhausted and I really under-performed.

"I chose my subjects because I'm interested in them.

"I had the dilemma of choosing short answer subjects instead but they're not what I enjoy.

"The possibility of speaking answers to a scribe was mentioned, but I thought it would be really difficult to be able to go back over what they'd written.

"We thought there must be a solution using technology.

"We found out about the voice recognition software and I re-sat my ASs using it and did so much better.

"I'm nowhere near as tired after an exam and no longer get the headaches.

"The school has been great. I soon as they were made aware this was an option they, along with my occupational therapist Michelle Rundle, fought for it for me to use it."

The software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, recognises the spoken words and translates them into a word document, allowing the speaker to check them and cut and paste and paragraphs if necessary.

Over time, it recognises the nuances in individual speakers and it is even possible to select different accents.

But it can make mistakes.

Aidan explained: "In one history essay I had to say the Temple of Hephaestus and that came out as the Temple of Her Feistiness."

He will go on to Newcastle University to read history.

He said: "I'm really happy with my results. It's so frustrating when you know you're capable but that's not reflected in how you've done. It must be even worse for young people who haven't been diagnosed.

"I hope my experience shows them that there is a solution."

Supermarket giant helps school leavers fulfil potential

Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons has instigated a scheme to help school leavers fulfil their potential

Russell Wilson was working part-time in a Morrisons store just after finishing his A Levels when he saw the scheme advertised.

He finished his three-year sponsored degree last year, and is now working as a line manager in one of the company's food manufacturing plants.

Best ever results for Leeds City College

Leeds City College is celebrating after achieving its best ever A Level results, with a 98% pass rate overall and two thirds of A level programmes achieving 100% pass rates. 70% of A level programmes exceeded national pass rates.

Leeds City College, the country’s third largest FE establishment, has a dedicated A Level Centre and offers a wide range of A level programmes.

Deputy Principal for Teaching & Learning Nichola Newton said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements, all of whom have worked really hard.

“We have invested in our A level programmes and we are determined to build upon this success.”

“These results are testimony to the relentless focus on excellence in teaching and learning and the drive and commitment of the A level teachers and leadership team,” she added.

Mature student Christos Barmpoudis achieved three As Credit: Leeds City College

One of this year’s A-mazing achievers is Christos Barmpoudis who was highly delighted with his three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

“I tried really hard this year, and the tutors believed in me,” he said.

Christos, 25, is planning to re-apply to study medicine now he has the grades and is hoping to do some work experience in a hospital.

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