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The BBC is reporting that GCSE grades A* to C have risen slightly this year, but top A* and A grades have edged down.

In broadly stable results, the proportion of A* to C grades rose to 69%, up from 68.8% last year, but A* grades fell by 0.1 percentage points.

Head teachers’ leader Brian Lightman has warned of “volatility” in results for some individual schools.

But Michael Turner, director general for the Joint Council for Qualifications, said: “At a national level there is very little change in this year’s results but we do see educational policies continuing to have an effect on entry patterns and results at a subject level.

“This is particularly the case in English, mathematics and the sciences.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan welcomed the results in England as evidence that “a generation of young people from all backgrounds are now securing the GCSEs that help give them the widest range of options later in life – whether looking for a rewarding job or a top apprenticeship”.

The best results were achieved in Northern Ireland, where the proportion achieving A* to C grades rose by 0.7% to 78.7%. In Wales, the proportion was 66%, the same as least year.

Across England, 68.8% of entries gained an A* to C grade. But there wide regional variations. London has the best results, with 72% achieving A* to C grades, compared with 65% in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt described the regional achievement gap as a “worrying trend”…read more

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