GCSE results see increase in A*-C grades

The proportion of students receiving A*-C grades in their GCSE exams has risen for the first time in three years.

Just over 68.8% of exam entries were in this bracket - an increase of 0.7 percentage points on last summer. Maths results graded C or above were significantly higher while English results drop by 4.8 percentage points.

Girls once again lead pass rates at grade C and above, with 73.1% of girls' entries scoring A*-C compared with 64.3% of boys'.

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Schools Reform Minister: Old GCSE system 'didn't work'

Schools Reform Minister Nick Gibb said that changes to the exam system that are behind today's "variable" GCSE results are in the best interests of the pupils.

An exams system had developed that worked against the best efforts of teachers and the best interests of pupils.

These results show our plan for education is correcting that.

The number of children now taking exams at the right time, the number studying for academic GCSEs and the higher standards achieved are hugely encouraging.

– Schools Reform Minister Nick Gibb

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