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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


Welsh Bacc may be ‘detrimental’ to university performance

The exam is taken by more than 70,000 students in Wales Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A report commissioned by the Welsh Government has found that the Welsh Baccalaureate may be ‘detrimental’ to university performance.

It found students with the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification are less likely to get a ‘good' degree than those who studied A-Levels.

The Welsh Baccalaureate is taken by more than 70,000 students.

The research, conducted by Cardiff University, found those without the Welsh Qualification are more likely to achieve a 2:1 or First at university.

But the report by the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research did find that the Welsh Baccalaureate does improve the chances of getting into university.

The researchers also identified three ways in which the qualification could be improved. These included better promotion of the exams, increasing the difficulty and tailoring the qualification to the particular needs of students.

The Welsh Baccalaureate was first introduced in September 2003 as a pilot scheme involving 18 schools and colleges.