Young people from across Tameside received their A-level results yesterday, and with them the good news that all their hard work was worthwhile.
The amazing achievements that students have made yet again are a reward for all the hard work that both teachers and students put in.
My A-Levels set me on a good course for the rest of my life, and I hope the same is true for the many young people who have just received their results.
I wish them all the best of luck with whatever they do next. However, as we think about the wonderful achievements of all those young people who are off to university we should also consider the opportunities that are available to all those who have other plans.
It should be considered a great achievement that almost 50% of young people in this country now go to university.
Twenty years ago that would have been unthinkable, and the fact that it has happened is a sign of the successes we have had with education in recent years.
On the other hand, when it comes to the other 50%, who do not go to university, we need to do more.
Going to university should not be considered as the only route to success, and we need to make sure that our high quality university courses are matched with equally prestigious vocational courses that will give people the practical skills they need for a successful career in a skilled occupation.
There are lots of examples of excellence of vocational education in Britain - not least in Tameside - but we need to ensure that every young person that wants to go down the vocational route can, and that they can do so free of stigma.