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Combined GCSE pass rates for subjects other than English and mathematics show continued improvement within the Central South Wales region
Published on 25/08/2017
The proportion of schools within the Central South Consortium achieving the top A*-A grades at GCSE, excluding the new qualifications of English, mathematics and mathematics numeracy has increased from 22.6% in 2016, to 23.5% in 2017.

Early information from schools and WJEC indicate that results in the key subjects of English and mathematics are lower than expected.  However, a series of changes makes comparison with previous years’ performance in these subjects invalid.

Cllr Sarah Merry, Chair of the Central South Consortium Joint Committee commented: “I’d like to congratulate pupils on their results and thank our teachers.  Naturally I am delighted to see continued improvement in the combined pass rate of so many subjects.

It does need to be stressed though that this is early unverified data.  With so many changes this year we will need to look in detail at the results and of course it is impossible to make comparisons with previous years.”

Mike Glavin, Central South Consortium Managing Director comments: “It is important that schools and learners recognise what they have achieved.  The breadth and balance of the curriculum is important and schools are reporting that many learners have achieved in a wide range of subjects across the region.

For those areas of learning subject to the range of significant changes such as English and mathematics, it is important to guard against comparisons with previous years.  To use a swimming analogy, it is as if for years we have trained pupils to improve their performance in front crawl and now this year we are measuring their performance in breast stroke.  Yes it’s all swimming but we are measuring different aspects.  Therefore, it is no surprise that the performance is different.  Changes to curricula, GCSE specifications and performance measures combine to make comparisons with previous years invalid.  This does, however, provide a baseline for the next stage of development.

Once we receive the verified data, we will analyse this to determine which schools have adapted to the changes more effectively than others.  We will ensure that lessons learned are disseminated across the region through our established systems of school-to-school collaboration so that we can be purposeful in our sustained effort to continually improve performance.”

Editor’s Notes
Please note that the data is WJEC only.

All subjects
  %A* - G % A* - C %A* - A
2016 98.3 66.8 20.2
2017 95.9 61.8 18.0
Change -2.4 -5.0 -2.2

Subjects excluding English, mathematics and mathematics numeracy
  %A* - G % A* - C %A* - A
2016 98.1 68.3 22.6
2017 98.0 68.8 23.5
Change -0.1 0.5 0.9

For further information contact:

Siân Johnson, Communications Manager
Telephone: 01443 827548 
E-mail: sian.r.johnson@cscjes.org.uk
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