Tens of thousands of teenagers receive their GCSE results this week - but this year brings more uncertainty and worry than usual. It's all down to brand new exams in the key subjects of English and Maths which will be graded by NUMBER instead of A* to G. According to the government the new GCSEs are more rigorous. But some teacher say the qualifications have been rushed through - and only reward a certain type of learner. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the changing face of our exam system.
Credits: Kate Williams, Headteacher; Information film from Pearson Qualifications; Mark Storey, Head of Achievements & Standards, Brighton & Hove City Council; Chris McGovern, Campaign for Real Education; Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers; Helen Jones Deputy Headteacher.
It is the first year in England that traditional grades have been replaced by numbers, with all subjects being scored like that by 2020.
The reforms are the biggest shake-up of the exam system for a generation. Here's what's changed.