Commenting on the A level results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union, said:
“These results have been achieved, by the hard work and commitment young people and their teachers, despite the upheaval to syllabuses and year-on-year cuts to resources.
“In the face of such turbulence, it is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of teachers and students that standards overall have been maintained.
“There are some early indications that the move to greater examined content in these qualifications may be having an impact on the outcomes achieved by some learners, although more examination of the data will be required before any definitive conclusions can be reached. It will be important for the awarding bodies and the regulator to study any trends in this respect as the qualification reform process continues.
“Good A-level results improve the life choices of young people whether they choose higher education or an alternative path.
“University is not right for everybody, and it is important that the Government does more to support young people who choose to go directly into employment, by providing more opportunities through high quality work placements and apprenticeships.
“While celebrating today the achievements of these students, it’s important to remember that there is still a great deal to be done to remove the barriers to educational achievement created by poverty and disadvantage. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to develop their skills and talents.”