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GCSE Results Day

20 May 2019

In response to today's GCSE Results, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Congratulations to all those students who have been successful in their exams and to the dedicated staff who have supported them in their English and maths resits. “English and maths is a challenge for colleges. Colleges will continue to face the English and maths challenge while the Government insists on all 16- to 18-year-old students who haven’t achieved a grade 4 at GCSE resitting the exam. After five years of putting students through GCSE resits, colleges can confirm that the policy does not work and is an obstacle to the ambition that we all share for students. "English and maths are crucial skills but teachers should be able to use professional judgement to decide on the most appropriate qualification for everyone."