‘Support Welsh colleges to provide vital GCSE resits’

Lifelong learning and skills charity, ColegauCymru has today called for further investment to enable further education (FE) colleges to support GCSE resit candidates. The call comes as pupils across Wales receive their GCSE results. Due to a recent change in Welsh Government policy, ColegauCymru says they predict more GCSE students than ever will require assistance in re-sitting their core GCSE qualifications in numeracy and literacy.

The charity has expressed its concerns that despite this increase in demand for places at FE colleges and institutions across Wales for GCSEs this year, colleges did not receive any extra government cash.

According to Claire Roberts, Director of Engagement at ColegauCymru, FE colleges are effectively picking up the slack and helping learners achieve their potential and gain the necessary qualifications to progress in their learning or to enter the labour market.

Despite some FE colleges in Wales seeing GCSE pass rates as high as 98% and 99% in subjects including English and Mathematics, further education colleges and institutions are having to do more with less.

The organisation which works with all post compulsory learning providers added, that to ensure that Wales gives its learners the best possible chance to succeed first time requires further collaboration and support across education sectors with Welsh Government leadership and support.

Claire Roberts concluded; “We would like to congratulate all those who have worked hard to achieve their GCSE results to enable that progression they desire. FE colleges offer a number of options to learners who want to study something new either in a vocational arena or with a view to continuing academic progression. However, we cannot neglect those learners who need to study to improve their grades and this cannot be done without the backing of government.”