Lower GCSE results likely ‘due to early exam entries’

The BBC reports that English, Welsh and Maths GCSE results are expected to be lower in Wales this year than previously, the body overseeing qualifications has said.

The predicted decline is being blamed on schools entering more pupils for the exams a year earlier than intended.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams warned pupils capable of high grades could be missing out by sitting the exams early and not being re-entered. She told BBC Wales she may stop schools entering pupils for exams a year early.

For GCSE English Language, entry data shows a substantial number of pupils taking the qualification this summer while still in year 10.

There are slightly more than 21,000 year 10 entries – approximately 65% of all year 10 students in Wales.

Exam regulator Qualifications Wales said that as a result “we expect that this will mean that the overall results this summer will be lower than in previous years”.

Ms Williams said: “What I’m concerned about is that children that, perhaps had the potential to get an A* and A or a B at the end of a two year course end up having to settle for a C because they do it early and they’re not re-entered again.”

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