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GCSEs to stay in Wales

The Welsh Government has accepted proposals for the future of exams and qualifications in Wales. They mean that pupils will continue to sit GCSEs, although they will be abolished in England.

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Union welcomes exams decision

We welcome the Welsh Government’s renewed commitment to the retention of GCSEs and A levels. This provides stability for our young people and enables them to study tried and tested qualifications. They are not being used guinea pigs in some ill-thought through experiment like their colleagues across the border in England. We will need to show that these qualifications are rigorous, and that their quality is guaranteed by a regulator which is independent of government, to ensure that they have currency outside Wales.

– Dr Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru

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