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UCU comments on A-level results

17 August 2006 | last updated: 15 December 2015

Commenting on today's A-level results, University and College Union joint general secretary, Sally Hunt, said:

'Today should be a day for celebration for the thousands of pupils whose hard work over the last few years has been rewarded with excellent grades. Both the pupils and their teachers should be congratulated for all the hard work they have done.

'How unfortunate that the achievements of these pupils are overshadowed every year by a debate that denigrates their achievements. Our current system is not perfect. UCU advocates a move to a Baccalaureate style diploma and there is a legitimate debate to be had about the relevance of the existing qualifications. But what is unacceptable is the relentless and unmerited downplaying of the achievements of pupils.'

Many of this week's successful A level results will have been achieved at further education colleges, with fewer resources per student than at most schools and sixth form colleges.

More than twice as many 16-18-year-olds study in colleges than schools - 701,000 in FE colleges or sixth form colleges compared with just 345,000 in schools (2003-04).