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GCSE results day 2017

Thousands of young people across the region are receiving their GCSE results today. The way the examinations are graded has been changed from the traditional letter system to one with numbers.

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Uncertainty and worry over GCSE results

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.

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