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Commenting on the GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:
“Although the overall GCSE results in Wales this summer have fallen, pupils and teachers are to be congratulated on their exam success which, as always, is the culmination of an immense amount of hard work and effort.
“Teachers and school leaders have pulled out all the stops against a backdrop of considerable upheaval within the examination system with the introduction of new GCSE courses in a number of subjects, school reorganisation, job loss and the constraints on funding to ensure that pupils did not suffer any disadvantage.
The NASUWT has welcomed the explanations for the variations in performance from both the WJEC and Qualification Wales who have cited changes in entry patterns as having a substantial impact  this year’s statistical analysis.  
Rex Philips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
“These results reflect the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of their teachers.
“There will, of course, be a need for the Welsh Government to look carefully at the growing trend of early entries and the ‘banking’ of results which appears to have contributed to the statistical dip in performance.
However, it is the value of the qualification to the learner and the result achieved that matters and our pupils should be congratulated on their success across the GCSE examination grades and within the Welsh Baccalaureate.


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