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Ceredigion pupils congratulated on their GCSE results

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Ceredigion County Council would like to congratulate pupils receiving their GCSE results today.
The Welsh Government confirmed this week that Centre Assessed Grades will be used to award grades to all pupils in Wales. Centre Assessed Grades are based on a wide range of evidence of work completed by pupils prior to the lockdown.

We are aware that all pupils and teaching and support staff have faced new challenges this year as a result of the coronavirus, and we would like to congratulate each and every one for their hard work and their willingness to adapt in challenging times. These results today are valuable and enable pupils to step confidently into their next stage of choice, whether in the world of work, further education or in the sixth form.

As it is not possible for the pupils to go to their respective schools today to get their results in the usual way, the Head of each school in Ceredigion would like to congratulate all pupils in the county on their achievements and wish them well for the future.

Dorian Pugh, Head of Ysgol Henry Richard, said: “It has been a difficult time for our young people as they have had to finish their time at Ysgol Henry Richard earlier than usual. Although they have not had the full opportunity to prove themselves through an exam process, I hope that the pupils will be proud of their results which reflect a committed collaboration between themselves and the school staff. I would like to thank the pupils who receive their GCSE results this year for all their hard work and for being excellent pupils for the school, and I wish them all the best as they move into post-16 education or the world of work.”

Jane Wyn, Head of Ysgol Bro Pedr, said: “We are very proud of the pupils’ achievements and would like to take this opportunity to wish the pupils every success in the future. We look forward to welcoming many of the pupils back to Ysgol Bro Pedr’s sixth form in September. As a school, we believe that these results are a testimony to the pupils’ hard work, the school’s high standards of teaching and the support received from parents”.

Mair Hughes, Head of Penglais School, said: “Our Year 11 students have worked very hard this year, during these unprecedented times, to achieve their GCSE results. We are very proud of their progress and look forward to welcoming students back to the Sixth Form, and wish those moving on all the best in the future.”

Nicola James, Head of Cardigan Secondary School, said: “I warmly congratulate all the students on their well-deserved success and thank teaching staff for their detailed and principled work in preparing the centre assessed grades. Our focus continues to be on maximising the progress of every pupil across a broad range of subjects, and most of our students studied for between 12 and 14 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications and were regularly assessed throughout. We are proud of the achievements of all our students, which are the result of their hard work throughout the GCSE course of study, and the input of our excellent teaching and support staff who ensure high quality learning experiences and pastoral care for all students. We congratulate everyone on their success.”

Owain Jones, Head of Aberaeron Comprehensive School, said: “It is a privilege to congratulate our pupils on their excellent results. Although the past months have been different in terms of school experience, these results are well deserved and reflect the commitment of pupils to their studies, their hard work and the support of teachers and school staff and parents and carers. We are looking forward to welcoming a high percentage of pupils back to our sixth form and wish everyone who goes on to study at college, pursue an apprenticeship or enter the world of work the very best.”

Robert Jenkins, Head of Ysgol Bro Teifi, said: “The Head and staff of Ysgol Bro Teifi would like to thank the students for their efforts and contribution to the school life since it opened. Although it has been a challenging year for them, our students have responded maturely in unprecedented times. It will be great to welcome most students back to the Sixth Form in September and we wish every success to students who will undertake college courses, apprenticeships, or work. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to acknowledge their efforts in the near future.”

Rhian Bowen Morgan, Acting Head of Penweddig Comprehensive School, said: “As a school, we are very proud of the efforts made by our GCSE pupils and the way they have coped with the current challenges. They have worked diligently towards their results over a period of two years, and despite these unprecedented times, their qualifications remain to be of a high standard for their future.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention, said: “Warmest congratulations yet again this year to Ceredigion pupils on their GCSE successes. Even with all the challenges caused by the pandemic, our young people have worked hard and these results are proof of their commitment. Our students’ GCSE qualifications this year will carry the same value and status as all previous years and we wish everyone well with their future plans.”

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Ambulance delays as heart attack victims left waiting one hour 57 minutes

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FREEDOM of Information requests reveal the worst ambulance delays out of 22 local authorities in Wales.

Postcode lottery revealed with patients in some areas waiting over double the amount of time for life-threatening calls

The average wait time for amber calls, which includes heart attack and stroke victims was 1 hour 57 minutes. In Swansea, it was 2 hours 33 minutes.

Shocking figures have unveiled the local areas in Wales with the longest ambulance delays, revealing a stark “postcode lottery” for response times to life-threatening calls.

Figures were provided by local authority giving a more local breakdown of the usual Health Board data.

Potential heart attack and stroke victims in the worst-hit areas are now waiting an average of one hour and 57 minutes for paramedics to arrive.

The figures, uncovered by the Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests, reveal how patients whose lives are in immediate danger are waiting twice as long in some rural areas than urban ones. In Anglesey, patients waited an average of 12 minutes and 22 seconds for category 1 calls compared to 6 minutes 31 seconds in Newport.

However, the figures for amber calls painted a much starker picture with an average arrival time of 1 hour 57 minutes in Wales, with the worst in Swansea, where the average wait was 2 hours 33 minutes.

Overall, 13 out of the 22 local authorities in Wales had an average wait of over 2 hours for amber calls.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for action on the social care crisis in order to free up hospital beds and stop ambulances waiting outside hospitals.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:

“These figures are heart-breaking, but not necessarily shocking to anyone who has had to call on an ambulance in recent months.

“Far too many people are being left to wait too long in an emergency across every region of Wales. The length of amber calls, which includes stroke and heart attack victims in particularly concerning.

“None of this is the fault of our hardworking ambulance staff who are doing their utmost in extremely difficult conditions.

“We must see an end to the postcode lottery in emergency care, it shouldn’t matter where you live, you should be able to get timely medical attention when you need it most.

“Every day we hear more and more devastating stories of pensioners left stranded for hours, or families watching a loved one die before a paramedic could reach them.

“This cannot continue, the Welsh Labour Government must bring forward extra support to get ambulance services through winter as well as a long-term strategy to ensure people can get emergency care when they need it. That means addressing workforce shortages, fixing the social care crisis and ending the shortage of hospital beds, all of which are leaving patients in ambulances stuck outside A&E for hours.”

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Ceredigion MS’ back striking Uni staff

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LOCAL Plaid Cymru politicians stood in solidarity with striking university staff at the Senedd this week, as over 70,000 staff from over 150 universities across the UK undertook three days of striking action over attacks on pay, working conditions and pensions.

The strike, organised by the University and Colleges Union (UCU), was the biggest in the history of higher education, and saw protestors gather en masse in London and Cardiff, as well as picket lines on university campuses, including in Aberystwyth and Lampeter.

The strikes come after UCU members overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’ to industrial action in September in two historic national ballots over attacks on pay and working conditions as well as pension cuts.

In September, Aberystwyth University, along with other employers, offered a standard three per cent pay increase. UCU’s demands, however, include a pay uplift of 12 per cent or Retail Price Index (RPI) plus two per cent, an agreed framework to eliminate insecure work practices such as zero hours contracts, and action to address dangerously high workloads.

The protest at the Senedd on Wednesday 30th November brought together a range of university staff, students and supporters, as well as many politicians.

Elin Jones, Member of the Senedd for Ceredigion said:

“I welcomed the opportunity to stand in solidarity with striking university staff. As the cost-of-living crisis intensifies, it’s clear that the current pay offer to university staff does not go far enough, and many will struggle financially over coming months.

Whilst staff in Aberystwyth and Lampeter are working hard to deliver an exceptional experience for their students, more and more are struggling as a result of falling pay, pension uncertainty and insecure work.”

Cefin Campbell, Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales concluded:

“Universities’ roles as vital employers across Mid & West Wales cannot be understated. No-one – including the university staff – wants industrial action, however the fact that the strike took place indicates the strength of feeling and frustration within the sector. At this time of growing financial hardship, I stand with the UCU staff and hope their demands will be met by universities.”

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Children’s Commissioner for Wales helps deliver powerful messages from children

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ENCOURAGING safeguarding professionals and practitioners to engage with and listen to children and young people was at the heart of an event hosted by the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board for children, as part of its National Safeguarding Week activities and program for 2022.

The event which took place on 18 November 18 at Parc-y–Scarlets stadium in Llanelli, was attended by professionals who play a key role in safeguarding children, including police officers, nurses, social care staff and education professionals, and by children and young people from across the region, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

A safeguarding training resource and animation developed and created by the Regional Safeguarding Board’s Junior Group CADW, was officially launched as part of the event, by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Rocio Cifuentes.

The training resource designed to be used in all mandatory multi-agency safeguarding training across the region, gives powerful messages to professionals about what is important to children and young people when practitioners and professionals may need to intervene in their lives to support or protect them.

Jan Coles, Head of Children’s Services at Carmarthenshire Council, which led and facilitated the event of behalf of the Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Board, said: “It is empowering and extremely inspiring for the children and young people from across our region to see so many safeguarding professionals and practitioners to support the fantastic work they have done.

“The messages in the animation are very powerful and we will take this forward as a regional safeguarding board and ensure they are embedded into core safeguarding practice.”

The resource as well as supplementary information and materials can be viewed here: www.cysur.wales/training/animation-training-resource/

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