NASUWT comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results

Commenting ahead of the publication of GCSE results tomorrow, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“Tomorrow’s GCSE results will be a reflection of the hard work put in by pupils and teachers who have been forced to cope with a totally unnecessary upheaval in the GCSE qualification system.

“No doubt some commentators will be rushing to applaud the reintroduction of ‘rigour’ into the GCSE qualification, despite the fact that there was never any evidence to support the false claims perpetuated by the Coalition Government that GCSEs had been dumbed-down and were of diminishing value in the outside world.

“The reality is that the Coalition Government’s interference with, and calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification has caused uncertainty and anxiety. For pupils, parents, teachers and the public it triggered a period of upheaval because changes were introduced in a recklessly short time period and without any consultation with teachers, school leaders or qualification specialists.

“Adapting to the changes has already put pupils and teachers under considerable stress and pressure. It is testament to their dedication and commitment that they have been able to cope with this and focus on teaching and learning, particularly following four years of relentless assaults on the teaching profession.”

Amanda Williamson,
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