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GCSE grades fall for second year

The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.

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'Dramatic' rise in number of foreign language entries

There was a "dramatic" rise in the number of GCSE entries for modern foreign languages.

The number of entries for GCSE modern languages has sharply risen. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

French entries are up by 15.5%, German up 9.4% and Spanish up 25.8%.

The introduction of the Government's English Baccalaureate, which is awarded to pupils who score at least a C at GCSE in English, maths, science, history or geography, and a foreign language, could be a reason for the rise.

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