GCSE results day

GCSE results are out today. We'll be bringing you news from the capital as well as information about national trends.

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GCSE grades drop in English, maths and science

GCSE grades have fallen for a second consecutive year, with a drop in the proportion of entries scoring at least a C in English, maths and science.

  • In English, 63.6% of entries gained a C or higher, down from 64.1% last summer.
  • In maths, 57.6% of entries scored an A*-C grade, compared to 58.4% in 2012.
  • In Science, there has been a 7.6% fall in the proportion of entries awarded a C grade or higher.

The drop in English comes amid a rise in the number of younger students taking the GCSE exams, the Joint Council for Qualifications said.

The fall in Science follows a move by Ofqual to toughen up the qualifications after a 2009 report by the regulator found that the courses were too easy.

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Exam boards question rise in 15-year-olds taking GCSEs

Exam boards have criticised the rise in the number of 15-year-olds taking GCSE exams, with 91,000 children sitting the tests a year early.

Why oh why do we now get a significant increase in 15-year-olds taking GCSE?

– Andrew Hall of the exam board AQA

Early entry does not benefit the students. The results are far lower for 15-year-olds - these qualifications are designed for 16-year-olds.

Students should be left to learn for those two years and that is what we would encourage.

– Mark Dawe of the exam board OCR

Read: What next after your GCSE results?

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Science hit by drop in GCSE results

Science was hit by the drop in GCSE results despite more pupils studying biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has seen a drop in results. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA

There was a drop across the board in all three sciences - in biology, 89.8% of entries got at least a C, down from 92.6% last year, in chemistry 90% of entries scored A*-C, down from 93%, and in physics 90.8% reached this standard, down from 93.2%.

The decline in results for the separate sciences is partly down to bright students switching to IGCSE courses and an increase in the number of 15-year-olds, who tend to perform less well, taking the exams early, JCQ said.

It added that a general trend of more students opting for the three sciences, some of whom will have lower abilities in the subject, may also have had an effect.

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