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The Welsh Government has confirmed an allocation of £8.5 million to schools and colleges to ‘support learners through the Centre Designated Grades (CDGs) process.’

This money must ensure that teachers and lecturers are given the time and space to deliver the grades for the Summer Qualifications in Wales this year.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers and lecturers are engaged in a qualifications process that is causing enormous stress and workload. Complex and unwieldy Qualifications Plans have been passed by the WJEC accompanied by a detailed bureaucratic process to justify the CDGs.

“It is unacceptable that schools should be carrying on as though it were ‘business as usual’ under these circumstances. It’s vital that this money is used to free up time for teachers and lecturers to concentrate on this new and workload intensive process so that the CDGs are accurate and appropriate for learners in Wales.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:

“The confirmation of this money is welcome but it is vital that it is used to deal with the workload crisis that is hitting secondary schools in Wales.

“The work of the Examination Board is now being done by the classroom teacher without any more time or any more pay. It is simply not acceptable that some schools are expecting this work on top of the delivery of a normal timetable and accountability measures.

“Everyone in secondary education and FE Colleges must now focus on and prioritise qualifications work. There must be no distractions. This money will help that but only if school leaders, governors and local authorities have got the message as well.”


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