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GCSE grades fall for second year

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.

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GCSE results fall comes after upheaval in exam systems

The dip in GCSE results comes amid a major upheaval in the exams system and it is thought the following issues have contributed to the fall:

  • A rise in the number of pupils entering maths GCSE early or multiple times.
  • A revamp in science GCSE following a 2009 report that said the courses were too easy.
  • An increase in the number of pupils taking international GCSEs (IGCSE) in certain subjects.

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