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The proportion of GCSEs awarded top grades has risen for the second year in a row after the biggest exam shake-up for a generation but there are warnings the exams could be putting too much pressure on some pupils.
Thousands of youngsters across the region are getting their results after sitting the Government's tough new GCSE courses.
More than one in five (20.8%) UK GCSE entries scored one of the three top grades this year, up from 20.5% last summer.
The proportion receiving the top grades - at least a 7 or an A grade - is the highest since 2015 and marks the second year-on-year rise in a row.
The proportion of entries getting at least a 4 or a C grade is also the highest since 2015.
However a former Suffolk headteacher has warned the exams are damaging the most vulnerable pupils. Geoff Barton, who now heads up the Association of School and College Leaders, said struggling students had been left demoralised by the new tougher courses.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the results show pupils are going on to further study and the world of work "with the best possible foundations, focusing on the academic cornerstones of education while also stretching themselves creatively."