DIP IN GCSE RESULTS
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.