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GCSE results helpline

The national Exam Results Helpline remains open until noon on Saturday 24th August 2013 - offering a lifeline to students (and their parents) who recently received unexpected exam results.

Advisers are on hand to talk through all the options.

The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000

North West GCSE results

Students across the region have been collecting their GCSE results. The number awarded at least a 'C' grade has fallen for the second year running. Headteachers say they need a period of stabilty after a turbulent year. Elaine Willcox reports from Stretford High School in Manchester.

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Manchester boys among top GCSE scorers in country

Two boys from a school in Manchester are among only four in the country to gain full marks in their further mathematics GCSE.

Raymond Ding, 16 and Jamie Horton, also aged 16, both went to Manchester Grammar School and say they were shocked by their achievements.

Raymond from Burnage, said: "I'm pretty happy. It's been a challenging year."

Jamie from Didsbury, said: "I can't believe it. I would never have expected that at all. It's pretty crazy."

Further mathematics is a new GCSE qualification, which is meant to be more challenging.

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GCSE results: Manchester teacher claims students have been "disadvantaged and penalised"

A Manchester headteacher has launched a scathing attack on Government education policies.

Amanda Thain from Levenshulme High School said low grades for English Language papers are down to the Government altering the way external papers were marked.

Overall, students in the North West had the third highest proportion of top grades in all subjects - recording 12 per cent of A* grades, which accounts for 13 per cent of this year's entries.

But teachers are claiming English Language papers have been marked too harshly.

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