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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Students in the North West boast the third highest proportion of top grades in this year's GCSE results.