Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results in Wales on Thursday 12 August.
Commenting ahead of the publication of GCSE results in Wales on Thursday 12 August, Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, said:
“We anticipate that the distribution of GCSE grades will be different this year, as they were for A-levels, because a different system of teacher assessment has been used. The Welsh government’s early decision to cancel public exams last autumn in light of the circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic allowed time for a robust system to be put in place, in which leaders and teachers have been centre stage.
“We are very confident that this system will deliver fair and accurate grades to our learners, through a very different but evidence-based and robust means of assessment. It is not the same as sitting public exams and it is important that we do not fixate on comparisons with other years. We would like to congratulate students for their terrific achievements and give them huge credit for all they have achieved in extremely difficult circumstances.
“We also need to thank our leaders and teachers for all the amazing work they have done to support our learners during the course of the crisis.
“GCSEs are primarily used as a means of progression to the next stage of education or training in colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeships, although GCSE English and maths have a more lasting legacy for students. Whatever the distribution of grades happens to be this year, colleges and sixth forms have very effective admissions systems and experienced teachers, and they are extremely good at matching students to the right courses.
“Pupils awaiting their results can have every confidence that they will be able to progress in the normal way and take the next step in their education. We extend our best wishes to them for results day and beyond.”