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Young people succeeding under "tremendous pressure" - NASUWT

The largest teachers' union in Wales has issued its congratulations to students and teachers across the country, as thousands collect their A level and Baccalaureate results.

The NASUWT has praised both teachers and students as results are collected. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Chris Keates, the General Secreatary of the NASUWT, says today is a day of celebration for the hard work put in at schools around Wales, particularly at a time of "unprecedented change" to the qualification system.

Our young people are succeeding under tremendous pressure. It is a testament to the hard work of teachers in Wales that they have achieved these excellent results against a backdrop of ever tighter school and college budgets and at a time of unprecedented change to the qualification system.

– Chris Keates, General Secreatary of the NASUWT

There will be time enough to undertake more analysis to look at the improved outcomes across all grades at AS and within the Welsh Baccalaureate, the slight dip in A-level results, and the trends in subject entries, where there has been a fall in some creative subjects and modern foreign languages. However, it is the value to the student of the qualification gained, whether it is an A* or D, that is by far the most important factor in measuring success and we should be celebrating their achievement.

– Rex Phillips, National Official for Wales

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Pembrokeshire A-level results dip below Welsh average

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The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-level is 96.6% compared to the Welsh average of 97.3% - down 2.2% on the previous year.

The percentage of students who gained A* and A grades is also down compared to the Welsh average with 18.2% of Pembrokeshire pupils achieving the top marks.

We are pleased with the overall results and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the students on their successes and recognise their hard work in preparing so thoroughly for the examinations.

I’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of the teachers in a time of increased expectations. The sustained position reflects the joint commitment of all education institutions and Local Authority staff in ensuring that young people are afforded every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

– Councillor David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education

Education Secretary admits improvement needed 'in some areas'

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has admitted improvement is needed in some areas, as students across Wales collect their A level and Welsh Baccalaureate results.

Kirsty Williams has admitted there are Credit: PA

It comes as the number of students achieving top grades has fallen this year, with the percentage of candidates gaining an A* 6.6% lower than in 2015.

...there are some areas where we are not where we would want to be. I will be looking closely at the full details of these results and those we expect next week to see what lessons we can learn and what we can do differently...I will be pushing further ahead with our reforms and continue to develop qualifications to make sure we build an education system that provides pupils with the appropriate skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the modern world.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary

The overall pass rate though remains high in Wales, with 97.3% receiving A*-E grades and 73.8% achieving A*-C grades.

In Maths Wales again outperformed England with 43.2% attaining A*- A grades.

I want to congratulate everyone receiving their results and thank them for all their hard work. This is such an important day and I wish them all the best as they make important decisions about their next steps in life. The number achieving the highest grades is encouraging, we can be proud of our pupil’s performance in Maths and the progress when it comes to the Welsh Baccalaureate...Our performance at the top grades in maths show what Wales can achieve.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary

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Record numbers of students secure place at university

A record number of A-level students have achieved a place at university, the chief executive of Ucas has said.

Mary Curnock Cook said 424,000 students will be offered their first or second choice of degree course.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are now 7% more likely to go to university, following a drive in social mobility.

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It's 424,000 placed - the highest ever on A-level results day. It's up 3% on last year."

"It does mean that young people now are something like 4% more likely to be going to university because, although the population was down a bit this year we've actually seen a rise in the numbers, so that's really good news."

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