As was widely reported yesterday the attainment gap at A level between England and Wales has yet again increased. Wales Online reports
The proportion of A-level students in Wales being awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the fourth year in a row - and at a much faster rate than that recorded across the border.
In total, 22.9% of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 23.6% in 2012 - a drop of 0.7%. It is believed to be one of the biggest year-on-year falls since devolution.
As expected, Wales' overall A-level pass rate has stagnated at 97.6% - which remains some way below the UK average.
The overall A*-E pass rate has risen slightly by 0.1%. Some 98.1% of exams achieved at least an E, compared with 98% last year.
A breakdown by nation reveals an alarming widening of the attainment gap between Wales and England across two key indicators.
There were some outstanding individual results and some schools performed above the average across Wales and within RCT. Tonypandy Community College for instance saw its best A level results ever, with their top pupil attaining 3 A*, 1 A and 1B.
It is not the fault of the students that the system is in many cases letting them down. The Welsh Labour Government is failing our education system and our young people. The previous Education Minister cared more about putting his own mark on things and crackpot schemes such as school banding than the effect on students. The new one needs to get his act together, and quickly.
Wales Online reports
Tonypandy Community College