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Share your 'selfies' on A-level results day

Please get in touch on A-level results day, with your stories, messages and photographs.

In particular, we want your 'selfies' - photos taken with your results envelope, your grades, with your friends or family.

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Thousands of young people are receiving their results today. Credit: PA

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Thousands of pupils across Wales await A-level results

More than 10,000 young people across Wales are waiting anxiously to receive their A-level results today.

Last year, the proportion of Welsh pupils receiving the top grades fell for the fourth time in succession, while pupils here fell further behind their counterparts in England.

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Thousands of pupils will receive grades today that may help shape their futures. Credit: PA

Last year, 22.9% of pupils in Wales received an A or A* at A-level, compared to 26.3% in England.

The overall pass rate in Wales remained the same, at 97.6% - compared to 98.1% in England.

For many young people, their grades will allow them to confirm places at university, or enter clearing - often if they have not got the grades they hoped for.

All eight Welsh universities have said that they have undergraduate places available via clearing.

Many other young people will choose to take up courses in further education, apprenticeships, or go into the workplace.

AS-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results will also be issued to pupils today.

Jeff Cuthbert: Students are 'not alone' during results

With thousands of students across the country due to receive their exam results over the next two weeks, Jeff Cuthbert AM says it is important for them to know that they are 'not alone' during this stressful time.

Waiting for exam results can be very stressful for young people and marks a major personal landmark when they are getting ready for the next stage of their lives. Their results will be a key factor as they look at options for the future.

It is important that they know they are not alone and that if they need to discuss and get help with their concerns, that they have somewhere to go where they can speak freely, confidentially and anonymously.

In previous years, Meic has made a real difference in helping young people who have gone through the same emotions and feelings. Meic gives them a chance to voice their concerns and ensures they are listened to.

– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Click here to visit the Meic website for help and advice

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Welsh Govt offers students support for exam results

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Thousands of students across the country will receive their exam results in the next two weeks. Credit: PA

Pupils who feel stressed as they await their A-Level, GCSE and other exam results can find emotional support through Meic, says Communities Minister Jeff Cuthbert.

Meic is the Welsh Government-funded advocacy, information and advice service for children and young people.

With results due over the next two weeks, the service is highlighting the emotional support it offers to those waiting to see how they have done in their GCSEs and A-Levels.

New centres to promote use of Welsh language

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A £1.25million fund to promote the use of the Welsh language is being announced by the First Minister today.

Distributed through local authorities, colleges and universities, the money will be used to develop innovative centres across Wales for people to learn and practice their Welsh.

These dynamic language spaces will enable people to engage and interact with the language and will also act as community hubs. There will be a strong emphasis on partners working together for the benefit of the wider community.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

The First Minister will launch a new campaign at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli to promote the language called '#pethaubychain.' The campaign will encourage people to make small changes to increase their everyday use of Welsh.

Headteacher found guilty of helping pupils in exams

A former headteacher has been struck off the teaching register for two years, after admitting giving pupils help to answer questions in national exams, and even giving them another chance to try questions they hadn't answered correctly.

A tribunal today found Jonathan Rigby, who was headteacher at Coedpenmaen Primary School in Pontypridd, guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Coedpenmaen Primary School
Mr Rigby worked at Coedpenmaen Primary School in Pontypridd Credit: ITV News Wales

He helped pupils in last year's National Reading and Numeracy tests, now taken by all seven to 14-year-olds in Wales.

A General Teaching Council for Wales committee ruled he 'acted dishonestly and/or with a view to altering the school's test results' and banned him from teaching for at least two years.

Concern over college bosses' £25k spend on flights

An ITV News investigation has found serious concerns around the running of Cardiff and Vale College.

They include allegations of a culture of intimidation and managers making expensive business class flights while cutting jobs and budgets. There are now fears about the impact on the 18,000 students. Tom Sheldrick has this exclusive report.

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