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Headteachers from all over Wales have raised concerns about the results they have received for WJEC GCSE English language taken in January.
Robin Hughes of the teaching union ASCL Cymru Secretary, said, “A few heads contacted us as soon as they received the results because they were shocked at how unexpectedly low they seemed to be.
“Almost all are saying that there’s something odd going on. We have now contacted all members and asked them to get in touch with feedback. These results are too important to schools, to teachers and, most of all, to pupils for there to be any doubt about them."
The union says the results are for units in a new qualification, the first GCSE English language to be made specifically for use in Wales only.
It was examined for the first time in January 2014, and the results will go towards a final grade as other units are completed in the next few weeks.
Experienced heads have told the union that the results are far below what was expected.
"This needs to be looked into quickly so that it does not demotivate pupils just when they are finishing this course and gearing up for summer exams,” says Mr Hughes
A headmistress was accused of being "excessive" in her response when pupils were unwilling to pose for a school photograph - by inviting a police officer to reprimand them.
Ann Hughes, who was head of Ysgol Goronwy Owen, a village primary school at Benllech, Anglesey, faces a catalogue of complaints at a hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Teaching Council for Wales.
The list of accusations against her included that she failed to investigate bullying, shouted excessively, highlighted parents' complaints during assembly potentially identifying pupils, engaged in unnecessary open criticism of children's mistakes, and imposed excessive punishment.
Mrs Hughes failed to create a cooperative working relationship among staff at the school, the GTCW was also told at Ewloe. The hearing is scheduled to last until Friday.
Mrs Hughes was suspended in 2011 and later dismissed.
The school was engulfed in crisis that year when five of the six teachers called in sick on the same day after earlier threatening industrial action following a declaration of no confidence in Mrs Hughes, claiming there was a "climate of fear."
Dinners have never been better in one Bargoed school - because working there is the Welsh school chef of the year.
Katie Davies of St Gwladys Primary School won the title in a cook off in Cwmbran.
Kate's winning dishes were spiced beef kebabs followed by Apple and cinnamon samosas. Kate will now go on to represent the whole of Wales in the National Final to be held in Hampshire in Ma
The Welsh Government are warning parents not to be negative about maths in front of their children in case it puts them off the subject.
According to a survey almost a third of people in Wales say they express negativity towards the subject.
The Welsh Government are today launching a new campaign designed to encourage adults to be more positive about maths in front of children and avoid statements which might turn them off the subject.
Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills says, "Positive attitudes in the home are vital in ensuring getting our young people interested in maths from an early age. If everyone gets behind this campaign I'm sure the benefits will add up."
Plaid Cymru reaction to Education Minister Huw Lewis' latest announcement on higher education review.
Education Minister Huw Lewis has signalled a major review into how higher education in Wales is funded will report back in 2015. Previously, he said the panel, led by Sir Ian Diamond, needed until 2016 to consider all the issues.
The Minister said the cross-party review will focus on access and long term financial sustainability. Currently Welsh students pay £3500 in fees, with the Welsh Government paying the rest, wherever in the UK they study. But, opponents say only those who stay in Wales should receive support.
Schools in Wales are being urged to consider extra testing for GCSE pupils to improve our standing in the international league tables.
It comes after Wales performed relatively poorly in recent PISA tests, which compare results across different countries.
Now the Welsh Government Education Minister wants 15-year-olds here to be tested every year - but teachers say the idea is a "distraction".
Education Minister Huw Lewis has insisted success in PISA tests is key to the future of Wales' economy.
In plenary today, Mr Lewis said: "Andreas Schleicher of the OECD is absolutely correct when he said - 'Your education today is your economy tomorrow'.
"The cost of a low skills base is potentially huge to the Welsh economy. I can't emphasise enough how important it is that we equip our young people with skills that translate to the workplace and life.
"We want to be a highly skilled nation delivering on our jobs and growth agenda. Welsh workers should have the skills employer's value and want; skills for long term employment - a better grasp and understanding of literacy, numeracy, problem solving and reasoning. The skills that PISA assesses.
"I want that message to be heard loud and clear. Schools, parents and teachers need to understand the wider ramifications of PISA.
"It's not testing for testing sake, it's a way of us seeing exactly where we are in the world and whether we are giving our young people the skills to support the economy and skills to find work in the future."
- PISA tests are put on by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and look at the key skills of half a million 15-year-old pupils from 68 countries.
- They are meant to test whether pupils are being adequately equipped with workplace and life skills, with the questions focusing on real-life scenarios. They are hugely influential, though critics say they form just a small part of a much bigger picture in terms of education.
- Figures published in December revealed Wales has fallen further behind the rest of the UK in the three areas of maths, reading and science.
Wales' Education Minister has encouraged all secondary schools in Wales to take up voluntary PISA-based tests in a bid to equip youngsters with workplace and life skills.
In a statement to plenary this afternoon, Huw Lewis said the cost of a low skills base to the Welsh economy is "potentially huge".
He insists PISA will assess the skills that need improving, including literacy, numeracy, problem solving and reasoning.
Last year's PISA scores showed that Wales was behind the rest of the UK and large parts of the rest of the world, ranking 43rd out of 68 on maths and 41st out of 68 on reading.