Date: Wednesday 12 May 2010 (NR/07/10)
Message of Encouragement to Students from Exams Body
As thousands of young people across Northern Ireland begin their summer examinations this week, Anne Marie Duffy, Director of Qualifications of the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has issued her best wishes to students.
As the exams got underway on Monday, Anne Marie Duffy reinforced the importance of GCSEs and A Levels:
As we come towards the end of another busy academic year, many students will be hoping to complete their hard work with a successful exam period, before looking forward to a well deserved summer break.
GCSEs and A levels are world-class qualifications. Their value and importance are recognised by employers and institutes of higher education throughout Northern Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world. Gaining these qualifications is a significant achievement, rewarding two years of intensive study and commitment.
We are aware that this can be a stressful period for students and I encourage students to visit our website where they will find helpful advice, including exam ‘stress-busting’ techniques and frequently asked questions.
I wish all GCSE and GCE students a successful and rewarding examination series. I am confident that teachers, friends and family will be supporting students to perform to the very best of their ability.
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Note to Editors
CCEA is the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.
CCEA places learners and those who have a concern for their educational and personal development at the forefront of its thinking. CCEA's mission is:
"To enable the full potential of all learners to be achieved and recognised"
What we do
CCEA is a unique educational body in the UK , bringing together the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment.
Advising Government – on what should be taught in Northern Ireland ’s schools and colleges.
Monitoring Standards – ensuring that the qualifications and examinations offered by awarding bodies in Northern Ireland are of an appropriate quality and standard.
– as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body we offer a diverse range of qualifications, such as GCSEs, including the new GCSE Double Award specifications in vocational subjects, GCE A and AS levels, Entry Level Qualifications, and Graded Objectives in Modern Languages.
- CCEA also offers a range of Awards and Certificates in Education, Training and Skills (ACETS) targeted at learners who want to get
the knowledge, understanding and skills needed
to hit the ground running in the world of work.