Exam re-sits on the hori­zon

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

More than a third of 16-yearolds in Kent failed to pass their English and maths GCSEs this year, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment for Education.

Fig­ures for the 2017-18 aca­demic year show 37% of stu­dents didn’t reach the re­quired pass grade in the core com­pul­sory sub­jects.

Those 5,717 stu­dents are now fac­ing re­sits in June next year.

A to­tal of 15,578 stu­dents took their GCSEs this year. Most of the ex­ams are now graded on a 1-9 scale un­der the new sys­tem. A pass grade, pre­vi­ously a C, is now a 4.

The Govern­ment has de­fined a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’, which would fall be­tween a B and a C in the old sys­tem.

Girls were more suc­cess­ful than boys, with 68% achiev­ing a grade 4 or above in English and maths com­pared with 59%

Pic­ture: David Davies/PA

More than 5,700 stu­dents face re-tak­ing English and maths GCSEs next year

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