Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has announced an evidence-based review of GCSE English Language unit results, which will focus specifically on learners.
The review is to identify factors behind the results and establish measures to support schools as they prepare learners for the June assessments. Feedback from schools will be a key source of information for the review.
Reporting resources and continuing professional development events are to be made available to those in teaching jobs, including post-exam review meetings, which will be organised on a regional basis. All heads of English will be invited to attend one of these sessions.
Three main themes are to be covered by the review. The teaching of the revised specification for GCSE English Language, which will include performance of the pupils and how well prepared they were, is the first of these.
The report will also consider the support and guidance given to teachers and schools about the changes to the specification and the WJEC's role in setting the exam, marking it and awarding it.
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