The BBC is reporting that this year’s GCSE results have shown the biggest ever year-on-year decline – down to the lowest level since 2008.
The overall proportion of entries achieving A* to C has declined from 69% to 66.9%. Top A* grades have slipped from 6.6% to 6.5%.
This has been blamed on more pupils in England being required to resit English and maths.
Prof Alan Smithers, director of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Education and Employment Research, said the 2.1 percentage points decline was the biggest drop in A*-C grades since GCSEs were introduced in the late 1980s.
The fall in England has been attributed to a policy encouraging more pupils to get A* to C grade GCSEs in maths and English, which required resits for 17-year-olds who missed these grades last year.
The gender gap has widened further – with 71.3% of entries by girls getting a C grade or above compared with 62.4% of boys.
Russell Hobby, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “GCSE results day is a nervous time for all, as much depends on these grades.
“2016 is worse than ever in this regard as the results are so unpredictable following wave after wave of over hasty changes. Such overwhelming change introduces mistakes and makes it hard to sustain a calm focus on teaching,” said Mr Hobby.
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