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Education Secretary's concern over 'unsustainable' early GCSE entries

Wales' Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the high number of pupils being entered early for GCSE exams is putting unnecessary pressure on pupils and teachers.

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Concern over 'unsustainable' early GCSE entries

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says pupils being entered early for GCSEs is putting unnecessary pressure on them. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

Wales' Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the number of pupils being entered early for GCSE exams is 'unsustainable'.

In a statement today, she said: “I am concerned about the high number of pupils being entered early for their exams. Many of these pupils, who are taking exams before they have completed their two years of GCSE study, have not had the opportunity to reach their full potential. This is putting unnecessary pressure on pupils, teachers and also puts an extra strain on school budgets.

"I will respond to Qualifications Wales’s rapid review of this issue when I receive it in October, but the current situation is unsustainable and all options are on the table."

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