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Schools prepare for 'variable' GCSE results

Teenagers are today waking up to their GCSE grades amid indications that some schools are seeing major changes to results. Credit: PA

Schools preparing to receive their GCSE results today have been told to expect "variable" grades.

There are particular concerns among some headteachers about English and maths grades, according to initial reports.

The potentially unpredictable results are said to be due to significant alterations to the qualifications this year.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, which represents a large proportion of secondary heads, said: "We are getting some individual reports of volatility, but we don't know about overall trends yet.

"Some schools have seen surprises. Some schools have seen results which are lower than expected."

Tears of joy and disappointment for students

Top grades are up - and more teenagers than ever have won places at University. Tens of thousands of students received their A-level results today - and overall, there is the first slight dip in pass rates - the first time that's happened in more than 30 years. Right across the South there have been tears of joy and disappointment as pupils opened their envelopes. Many say it's been tougher than ever to gain good grades because of government reforms to the exam system. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

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Results day selfies from students celebrating in Kent

Students in Kent have been celebrating with results day selfies. Jordan Cooper, Hannah Clare and George Feas have all got the results they needed to do their courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jordan Cooper is looking forward to studying Foundation Computing this year Credit: Jordan Cooper
Hannah has got the grades and will be studying Primary Education Credit: Hannah Clare
George is off to university to do American Studies Credit: George Feas

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