GCSE Success in 2018

Published 23rd August 2018

I would like to start by congratulating all students picking up their GCSE results today (23rd August 2018) and the teachers across the country who have helped their students to successfully reach this stage, I sincerely hope there are many happy faces in schools across the country today as students plan the next step in their development.

The results show a slight increase in the number of students achieving A*/C grade (61.8% up 0.6% from last year) with little change anywhere else across the grade boundaries. Teachers and students should be congratulated for this achievement amidst all the challenges that our subject has faced in recent times.

It is difficult to obtain an accurate picture of entries this year compared to last, as this year for the first time, food and nutrition is not counted in the D&T figures. Overall D&T entries are down 23% but when we factor in the migration of food qualifications we expect this to still show a reduction in entries, but at nowhere near this rate of decline. We will attempt to unearth and crunch these figures over the next 24 hours and will post our estimates here as soon as we have them.

The lack of year-on-year clarity of results is symptomatic of a confusing, complex education landscape that both young people and employers face. Design & Technology is highly valued by business and industry and yet, through a combination of factors our subject is being undervalued, marginalised and challenged nationally. To maintain academic standards despite these challenges is a fantastic achievement and all credit must be given to teachers and their students nationally.

Tony Ryan

Chief Executive - Design and Technology Association

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