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NAHT Cymru comments on changes to A level and GCSE grading in Wales this year

Laura Doel, NAHT Cymru Director, said: “In the current circumstances it is right to trust the professional judgement of the people who know their students best, their teachers.

"NAHT Cymru made direct representations to the minister last week calling for her to revert to the centre assessment grades when it was first identified that there was a problem with the algorithm used by Qualifications Wales. Although we welcome the decision, we don’t yet know what this delay will mean for students who have already missed out on their first choice of university. This will undoubtedly load more and more difficulty onto universities and their capacity to meet all of the demand for places that will now inevitably come their way. For them, the problem is far from over.

“Everyone knew that this was going to be a difficult time and there is no perfect method by which to award grades, however, this decision will mean students expecting their GCSE results can have confidence that they will not experience the same unfairness or disadvantage as their older peers.

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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