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GCSE results "commendable" in the wake of changes, says union

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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A TEACHERS’ Union says GCSE results are “commendable” in the face of “rushed through and ill-conceived” changes to the qualifications system.

Commenting on today’s GCSE results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, said: “This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable.

“Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

“The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

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“It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching.”

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