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GCSE results reveal a 'troubling decline' in attainment says Shadow Education Secretary

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The Shadow Education Secretary says today's GCSE results reveal a "troubling decline" in attainment.

Assembly Member Darren Millar has now called on Kirsty Williams to re-think her reform of the schools curriculum.

Today's GCSE Level results are very disappointing and indicate a troubling decline on last year’s results. While I want to extend my congratulations to those students who secured the grades they deserve, the results show us that too many learners have not been able to reach their full potential. The drop in attainment of grades A*- C and plummet in uptake of modern foreign languages are particularly disturbing, and do not bode well for Wales’ future economic prospects.

The Cabinet Secretary must look again at the pace and direction reform, and question whether it is the right path to follow - the evidence to date is far from compelling.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Education Secretary

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Concern over 'unsustainable' early GCSE entries

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says pupils being entered early for GCSEs is putting unnecessary pressure on them. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

Wales' Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the number of pupils being entered early for GCSE exams is 'unsustainable'.

In a statement today, she said: “I am concerned about the high number of pupils being entered early for their exams. Many of these pupils, who are taking exams before they have completed their two years of GCSE study, have not had the opportunity to reach their full potential. This is putting unnecessary pressure on pupils, teachers and also puts an extra strain on school budgets.

"I will respond to Qualifications Wales’s rapid review of this issue when I receive it in October, but the current situation is unsustainable and all options are on the table."

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