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.
Pupils around the country received their long-awaited GCSE results today - here are some of the stories behind the results.
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade this summer fell 1.3%, marking the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
On the day that 650,000 students get their GCSE results, the Tonight programme asks whether the exams are fit for purpose.