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Helping students make the grade

11 April 2012

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GCSE students from across South East Wales are spending some of their Easter holidays taking part in a new two-day English revision course led by the University.

Pupils have chosen a centre nearest to their home to participate in sessions aimed at helping to improve their English language skills ahead of the exams this summer. They have chosen from three available - Cardiff University, Coleg Gwent in Ebbw Vale, and the University of Glamorgan.

Funded by First Campus, the Reaching Wider Partnership, some 75 pupils will spend time at the Centres taking part in reading and writing workshops run by qualified English teachers. With support from current university English students, the aim is to boost confidence, chance of exam success, and to provide the pupils with advice, help and vital revision tips.

The English Language Revision sessions are running alongside the Maths Revision course, which has been running for eight years to provide budding mathematicians with the chance to hone their key skills in time for the GCSE exam session in the summer.

Vicki Roylance, Senior Widening Access Officer, said: "Getting good grades at GCSE is probably among the most important stepping stones in a young person’s academic career and working life. Achieving a grade C in Maths and English is a minimum expectation for most higher education courses and for many professions.

"This is the first year we have introduced English language revision but it builds on the success of the Maths revision courses which have proved more and more popular year on year."

Across both courses, 27 schools and 180 students will take part in this year’s revision sessions.

Vicki Roylance added: "We are very pleased to be able to support this expanding initiative. We see it as a great opportunity for the students to get some extra support and help at what can be quite a stressful time. It is also the chance to learn in a new environment which will hopefully inspire them and boost their confidence ahead of the exams."

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