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GCSEs: Education Secretary praises 'strong performance'

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has congratulated students across Wales celebrating their GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results.

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The results have remained stable for the third year running, with 66.6% of pupils in Wales achieving A*- C grades.

Miss Williams said the results reflect the hard work of pupils and teachers.

I want to congratulate the thousands of young people receiving their results. This year's GCSEs show another strong performance with two thirds of our learners achieving at least A* - C and an increase in the top grades. This is due to the hard work of our pupils and teachers.

The performance of our individual science subjects remains high when compared with the UK results and entry levels have also increased.

Our Welsh Baccalaureate performance is also excellent with more than 14,000 pupils now having extra skills and experiences that give them an edge in an increasingly competitive world.

Teachers and pupils can be proud that Wales had maintained our record pass rate. I will continue to focus on raising standards and ambitions for excellence across all our schools.

– Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary


Driver rescued from river in Pontypridd

A man has been rescued after his car went into a river in Pontypridd.

Crews were called to Williams Place, which is near the River Taff, at 6am on Thursday morning.

Police said the river was very shallow, and the man did not sustain any injuries.

The car has now been removed from the water, and the roads have reopened.

Half a million at risk of food poisoning over bank holiday weekend

Over 480,000 people in Wales could be at risk of food poisoning from undercooked burgers this Bank Holiday, according to the Food Standards Agency.

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Their research revealed despite 71% of people stating they were concerned about food poisoning, more than a quarter, (28%) would eat a burger that isn't fully cooked through.

Nearly a third of people in Wales also incorrectly believe that eating a rare burger is the same as a rare steak when it comes to food poisoning risk.

It’s important that people realise that burgers are not like steak. Harmful bacteria can be carried on the surface of cuts of meat. When a rare steak is seared these bacteria are killed, but burger meat is minced so bacteria from the surface of the raw meat gets mixed all the way through the burger. These bacteria can remain alive on the inside, unless the burger is fully cooked through, no matter how good quality and expensive the meat.

– Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA

The Food Standards Agency is encouraging all those planning on using a BBQ this weekend to make sure they cook their burgers all the way through, until steaming hot throughout, with no pink meat in the middle.

Thousands of Welsh students to collect GCSE exam results

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Thousands of students across Wales will collect their GCSE exam results this morning.

Last year's GCSE results showed an overall pass rate of 98.7% with 66.6% graded between A* and C.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has sent a good luck message to anyone anxiously awaiting their results.

Best of luck to all those waiting for their GCSE results. I hope all your hard work pays off and you achieve the results you want.

There are a range of options and support services out there to help you make the right decision as you look forward to further study or entering the workplace.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary


Injured dog rescued by RNLI after falling from New Quay cliff

A lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon after a dog had fallen from a cliff at New Quay.

The RNLI released footage of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog, which seemed to have an injured paw, being rescued by the RNLI team from the foot of the cliff.

The dog was then taken back to New Quay harbour and reunited with its grateful owners.

Watch the video of the rescue:

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