Education chiefs have praised the efforts of pupils, teachers and parents as early indications suggest young people in Wolverhampton have recorded improved GCSE results this year.

Although some schools are still to report outcomes to the council, information received so far shows a positive picture of improving outcomes, with the proportion of students securing standard and strong passes in both Maths and English increasing year on year.

With end of year exams cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, grades have been based on teachers' assessments.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "Early indications are that our young people have performed well in their GCSEs once again, with overall performance up year on year. 

"2020 has been a year like no other, and our children and young people have had to deal with interruptions to their learning as well as the stresses and strains of living through a global pandemic. 

"I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate pupils – and their teachers and parents – on their hard work, and wish them the very best for the future, whether they are continuing their education, taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship, or entering employment for the first time.

"If your results are better or not quite as good as you had hoped, or you don't know what to do next, please be assured there's plenty of help and advice available to you to make the right choice."

A number of organisations will be providing help and advice to students, including schools, colleges and training providers, and there are lots of options available for young people, such as staying in education, entering the world of work or becoming an apprentice.  
Connexions is providing help and support for people who have received their A-level or GCSE results and are unsure what to do next – please call 01902 554499, email or search for Connexions Wolverhampton on Facebook. 
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