GCSE results to be revealed

It's GCSE results day - and girls are expected to continue to out-perform boys in the vast majority of subjects.

Last year's results showed 73% of female students were awarded at least a C grade - generally considered to be a "good" pass - compared with just 64.7% of their male counterparts.

A higher percentage of female students received the very top grade, with 8% scoring an A* compared with 5.2% of male students.

Thursday's results include the largest-ever volume of students resitting English and maths.

This is because the coalition Government ruled those who do not score at least a C in both subjects must continue to study them for a further two years, or until they reach this level.

Will girls do better than boys again this year? Credit: PA

This is also the last year in which GCSE results - introduced nearly 30 years ago - will be scored with grades A* to G.

From next summer, pupils will take reformed courses in English language, English literature and maths.

These subjects will be marked numerically - from nine for the top-performing students down to one for those who have struggled.

Preliminary figures show subjects such as computing, the sciences, history, geography, Spanish and other modern languages such as Polish and Urdu are on the increase.

But entries for French and German have more than halved since 2000.

Citizenship studies, performing arts, media studies, leisure and tourism, and hospitality have also experienced a downturn in entries in 2016.

The changes will be rolled out across a further 17 subjects by summer 2018.