Learners across Rhondda Cynon Taf have today received their A-Level results, and it’s more important than ever to congratulate them for their efforts and achievements in very challenging circumstances this year.
In 2020, due to the Coronavirus national emergency, A-Level Results Day was very different right across Wales. Schools were keen to welcome back all of the learners who wished to collect their results in person today, and had robust plans in place to ensure that they were able to do so safely by implementing their risk assessments, maintaining social distance and effective hygiene measures.
However, the day was no less important for our young people in 2020, and it still marks the exciting beginning of the next chapter in their lives.
The Council is rightly recognising all the positive achievements of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s schools and their learners – with many securing university admissions, further education places and employment opportunities today.
In instances where learners did not achieve the grades they were expecting, our schools are providing important support, advice and guidance. The WJEC has an appeals process available, and schools will work closely with learners to establish whether there are any grounds for an appeal.
On August 12, the Education Minister provided assurances that in Wales a learner’s final A-Level grade would not be lower than their A/S grade. Any learners achieving a lower A-Level grade in comparison to their previous A/S grade will now be automatically issued with a revised grade by the WJEC.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “First and foremost, I would like to congratulate all learners in Rhondda Cynon Taf who received their grades today. These results are a culmination of so much hard work, determination and dedication, with success stories right across all of our education settings.
“The Coronavirus national emergency has changed almost every aspect of our society, including the education of our young people. The 2019/20 summer term was disrupted as our schools were closed and examinations were cancelled. As is the case across the rest of Wales, the grades received by our learners today were calculated using a range of evidence, including teacher-assessed grades and performance in other external assessments.
“It has been an incredibly difficult time for our learners, particularly those in examination years, due to the uncertainty of Coronavirus. This is why it’s even more important than ever to congratulate our learners whose achievements have been rewarded after years of effort. It is equally important we provide important help to those who may need support in determining their next steps, or who did not get the grades they were anticipating today.
“Of course, all achievements today have been made with the fantastic support of learners’ parents and carers, along with our brilliant school staff. I’m pleased that some teachers will have had the opportunity to congratulate some of their pupils today, in our schools which did choose to welcome pupils while adhering to strict social distancing measures and risk assessments.
“I have been so proud of the roles our schools have played in the wider community response to the pandemic, including staffing childcare hubs to help key workers continue in their frontline roles when the lockdown first came into force. They also provided vital support to our most vulnerable learners throughout this time, and excellent distance and blended learning opportunities. I look forward to the return of pupils to school from September 3.”
The Council has previously published a series of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to examination arrangements for 2020, which is available here.
Further Frequently Asked Questions have also been published in relation to the return to school for the 2020/21 academic year, from September 3: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/schoolreturnfaqs.