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Commenting on the GCSE and Welsh Baccalaureate results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT -  The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“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.
 
“Once again, teachers have pulled out all the stops against a backdrop of school reorganisation, job loss and the constraints on funding to ensure that pupils did not suffer any disadvantage.
 
“Although the drop in entries for non-core subjects can in part be explained by population decrease, it remains a matter of some concern that this reflects the squeeze on the curriculum in Wales due to the focus on the literacy and numeracy framework.
 
“A balanced approach to the curriculum is necessary if pupils are not to be denied access to a broad range of GCSEs.”
 
Rex Philips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:
 
“These results reflect the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of their teachers.
 
“The changes to the examination and qualification system in Wales remain in a state of transition, which makes comparisons between England and Wales increasingly less secure, but, on balance, these results show that standards have remained relatively stable across the board in Wales.
 
“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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