GCSE Grades Drop For First Time In Decade

In a report published by Ofqual, the qualifications watchdog, it has emerged that fewer pupils gained 5 GCSE passes than in last year’s round of exams, the first time there has been a year on year drop for almost a decade. The standard criteria of 5 GCSE grades from A* to C including Maths and English was achieved by fewer than 60% of pupils this year, although interestingly the proportion of these grades achieved by state school pupils did see a marginal increase of 0.1% on the previous year. However, it is not yet clear if the higher standard required for GCSE English that has courted so much controversy is to blame for this drop.

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