Plans to replace the current GCSE exams with a new type of qualification are being scrapped by the Government.
The news has been broadly welcomed by schools in the south, following months of concern and opposition to the proposals.
The Education Secretary and Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove announced the change of heart in the Commons today.
Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on latest developments and speaks to Jennifer Smith of Brighton & Hove High School for Girls, and Christopher Anders of Park Community School.
The region's schools are waiting to find out how students are performing in their GCSEs.
The latest education league tables will be published this morning at 9.30am and we'll have both results, and analysis, here.
The tables will be based on the latest GCSE and A-Level results.
The Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has been speaking out about this year's GCSE results after meeting Head Teachers in Southampton.
The proportion of teenagers in England achieving at least five grade Cs at GCSE is down this year official figures show.
Teachers unions say the fall of nearly half a per cent fall is a result of the marking of this year's English exams, which saw the grade boundaries change between January and May.
But the exams regulator says the results are fair.
Thousands and thousands of GCSE students across the region will receive their GCSE in the next few minutes when they are released at 9am.