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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Welsh Baccalaureate pass rates reach record high

Record numbers of pupils have received the intermediate diploma in the Welsh Baccalaureate.

11,784 pupils passed, more than 1,000 more than last year, as the pass rate also increased from 79 per cent to 85.7 per cent.

At foundation level, 1,757 pupils passed, a fall from last year, but the pass rate rose to 83.3 per cent.

The Welsh Baccalaureate has been rolled out across Wales in recent years. Credit: PA

The Welsh Bac. will play an increasing important role from September 2015, becoming the overarching framework for 14 to 19-year-olds' qualifications in Wales, under Welsh Government changes.

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