ASCL Cymru comment on A level results

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications published in Wales today. 
“We warmly congratulate students across Wales who have received their results in A-levels, AS-levels and vocational qualifications for all that they have achieved following an unprecedented 18 months of disruption to their education.
“Our learners have worked incredibly hard in extremely difficult circumstances and deserve huge credit for their efforts, supported by their leaders and teachers, who were handed the task of determining grades based on teacher assessment across a range of evidence.  Their professionalism and commitment to doing the very best for our learners is admirable. 
“The system used to assess students this year is different from both formal exams and the approach that was used last year and we should therefore avoid making direct comparisons with other years. What is crucial is that we celebrate the achievements of this year’s cohort, who have had to endure so much over the past 18 months.
“This year’s approach has been based on teachers using a range of assessment methods to make a holistic judgement on the appropriate grades for their students and these have then gone through a rigorous quality assurance processes. Schools have worked diligently to implement this system and provide fair and accurate grades. Students, universities and employers can all place their trust in this robust system. 
“The majority of university applicants will now go on to their preferred university, and those who have missed grades and go through the clearing process will receive support from universities, schools and colleges to find a course which meets their needs and goals. It will be important that universities provide educational and pastoral support to their new undergraduates given the extreme disruption they have faced during the course of the pandemic and we are sure this is fully understood already.
“We wish all students well for the future, and once again extend our thanks to teachers and leaders for all that they have done.”