NUT Cymru comment on A Level results

18 August 2016

NUT Cymru, Wales’ largest union for qualified teachers, has sent its congratulations to the thousands of youngsters across the country, together with everyone involved in their achievements, as they celebrate their A Level results.

NUT Cymru Secretary, David Evans, said:

“There are some major positives to take from today’s results, as well as some areas of focus as we continue to improve the education system in Wales.  Overall the key message from today is to congratulate the students, teachers and parents who have worked together to secure these results.  It is particularly pleasing that the overall pass rate remains very high.

“We will have to examine the reason for the marginal fall the very top grades, although it should be recognised that last year’s result was the high water mark for these grades since 2010.  Different cohorts of pupils can provide small variations in performance, that shouldn’t necessarily always lead to sweeping conclusions.

“We must always remember that teachers are facing ever tightening school budgets and have been delivering these high quality grades against the backdrop of major reforms in recent years.  That we continue to post excellent results within that context is a credit to the teaching profession and our pupils.”