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Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire falling behind in GCSE results

As tens of thousands of students celebrate or commiserate today's GCSE results have exposed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

Overall in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire the number of pupils getting A stars and As has gone up.

But our region holds a much smaller share of the nation's top grades, as Michael Billington explains:

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GCSE results reveal north south divide

More students in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are getting the top grades at GCSE but today's results have revealed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

There has been a 0.4 per cent increase in students getting As and A stars in our region. That is a seven per cent share of all the top grades nationally.

We have been to Bradford College which has many mature students re-taking their exams.

Teaching union commends GCSE results despite 'upheaval'

The country's largest teaching union say that yearly variations on grades is a result of government policy rather than a reflection of pupils' ability.

The NASUWT criticised changes to exam structures as students across the country found out how they had done in their GCSEs.

This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable. Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

It is becoming increasingly challenging for parents and the public to interpret and compare results year on year, but perhaps this is the Coalition Government’s intention.

It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

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