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GCSE results: English language 'comparable' as gap closes

Thousands of pupils around Wales are receiving their GCSE grades. Overall, Wales is continuing to close the gap with the rest of the UK. For English language, after shock low grades in January, the Welsh Government says final results are 'comparable' to last year, with only small falls.

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Overall GCSE results - Wales continues to close gap

Wales has continued to close the gap on the rest of the UK in overall GCSE results, with a higher proportion of pupils here achieving A* - C grades, and top grades.

The overall pass rate has fallen in Wales, but also across the UK, to reach the same level at 98.5 per cent.

Wales is closer - but still behind - the rest of the UK - on top GCSE grades. Credit: PA

Ofqual, the exam regulator in England, has warned that English pupils should expect 'variability' in results, due to changes to changes to the exam system - with a shift to final exams rather than modular units.

Those changes have not happened in Wales.

Overall GCSE results 2014:

  • In Wales, 19.4% received A* or A - up from 19.2% last year
  • Across UK, 21.3% received A* or A - the same as last year
  • In Wales, 66.6% received A* - C - up from 65.7% last year
  • Across UK, 68.8% received A* - C - up from 68.1% last year
  • In Wales, 98.5% received A* - E - down from 98.7% last year
  • Across UK, 98.5% received A* - E - down from 98.8% last year

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