The results from the first year of GCSEs with the new grading system of 9 to 1 and tougher exam papers have today been released, showing a drop in the number of students achieving a pass mark (grades C/4 and above) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The proportion of pupils acquiring grades 9-4 (A*-C) in maths dropped by 1.6 points compared to 2016, while in English literature only 72% achieved a grade 4 or above compared to 74% in the previous year. However when the results from students in England alone were reviewed, nearly 70% got a 4 or above. The trend continues in maths with about 70.7% achieving 4 or above, compared with 61.5% overall.
The Joint Council for Qualifications, which releases the national figures on behalf of the exam boards, said a significant shift in entry patterns had affected the results, and noted that comparisons between England, Wales and Northern Ireland were increasingly difficult- reports The Guardian.
According to the BBC, secondary school heads are concerned that the more challenging GCSEs will cause students to be more anxious and stressed in next year’s exams.
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