NASUWT comments on GCSE results

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

“Congratulations to the young people and their teachers who have worked tirelessly to deliver yet another year of excellent results.

“It is highly commendable that standards have been maintained across the board, despite the tremendous pressure our young people are under.

“We must also recognise the hard work of our teachers, and the fact they have supported students to achieve these results despite the burden of excessive workload, year on year cuts to pay, constantly changing policies and ongoing budget cuts.

“Today’s results provide an opportunity to celebrate the commitment and achievement of the workforce and our children and young people which is a hallmark of our public education service.

“When the dust has settled on the celebrations, there is a legitimate debate to be had about the appropriateness of the comparable outcomes policy introduced by Ofqual.

“What the Government will have to recognise is that if it wants a system which brings stability in outcomes year on year regardless of the performance of pupils, it cannot keep imposing on schools, through arbitrary targets, an expectation that results for all schools will always increase.”

Sarah Cull
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