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CONGRATULATIONS FOR GCSE STUDENTS ON THEIR EXAM SUCCESS

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Commenting on the GCSE results for 2004 (see ...
Commenting on the GCSE results for 2004 (see LGCnet), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: 'We congratulate all those students who have gained passes in their GCSEs. Whether they go on to further education, or into the world of work, they know that they have 'under their belt' valuable qualifications which will open the doors to future possibilities.

'The girls' all-round great performance is really encouraging. In five year's time there should be some first-rate workers on their way to cheer up the employers.

'We await with interest the findings of the Tomlinson report into 14-19 education. Central to these proposals must be the development of a curriculum offer and an assessment package which is attractive to even more young people and which rewards them for the development of a wide range of skills and abilities. We cannot afford to 'write off' the talents of any students at such a young age.'

Notes:

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 160,000 teachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.

ATL exists to protect and improve the status of teachers, lecturers and other professionals involved in delivering education to further their legitimate professional interests.

ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress. It is unaffiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

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