by this is South Wales

A HEADTEACHER says a pupil has been told he cannot start an apprenticeship as a result of changes in the way GCSEs have been graded.

Sue Hollister, head teacher of Cefn Hengoed Community School, said the experience of the former pupil was just one example of how young people have lost out following the row over GCSE students being awarded lower grades than expected.

Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews said hundreds of pupils had been the victims of an “injustice” after exam boards changed their grading systems earlier this year.

And Ms Hollister says her staff, who work with moderator AQA, are still dealing with the fall-out.

She said: “It affects hundreds of Welsh pupils here in our little corner of Swansea, for example. Last summer’s lovely Year 11 pupils, who worked so hard for the great results they achieved, are returning from the colleges to seek our advice on resits as it affects their ability to register for AS courses. I have even heard of a former pupil who cannot start his apprenticeship due to getting a D instead of a predicted C.

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