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THE GCSE pass rate has dipped slightly and some are blam­ing ex­tra-tough new exam pa­pers in English lan­guage, English lit­er­a­ture and maths.

Last week, around half a mil­lion young peo­ple col­lected their GCSE re­sults. Although it was a suc­cess­ful day for many, over­all GCSE passes dropped slightly across lots of sub­jects. The num­ber of pupils in Eng­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land achiev­ing a C grade, or a 4 un­der the new grad­ing sys­tem, has fallen by 0.6% since last year, to 66.3%.

In Eng­land, the pass rate in English lit­er­a­ture and maths fell by around 1-2%, as pupils sat tougher exam pa­pers.

This sum­mer, English lan­guage, English lit­er­a­ture and maths were the first to be graded in the Gov­ern­ment’s new 1-9 grad­ing sys­tem in Eng­land. Other sub­jects – in­clud­ing bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, physics, com­puter sci­ence, French, Span­ish, re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion, ge­og­ra­phy, mu­sic and his­tory – will be marked with the new grades from next year.

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