IGCSE results: Drop in top grades for English language, as entries increase by two-thirds

The TES is reporting figures from Cambridge International that suggest the proportion of UK students gaining top grades in IGCSE English language exams has fallen this year, while entries have shot up by two-thirds.

Figures from the exam board show that just 3.4 per cent gained an A* this year, down from 5.7 per cent in 2014. And 12.4 per cent gained an A or above, down from 15.5 per cent last year.

Sixty-three per cent of pupils gained a C or above, down from 64.1 per cent last year; 98.2 per cent gained at least a G grade, down from 98.6 per cent in 2014…

The results have been published ahead of the main GCSE results, which will be out on 20 August. The results of other exam boards’ IGCSE qualifications will also be published on that date. 

The drop in top grades comes alongside a significant rise in the number of pupils taking Cambridge’s IGCSE test, from 121,530 in 2014 to 201,858 this year…

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Thoughts and reactions to the IGCSE results? 

Will it be all change again moving forwards because of the government move to exclude the results from league tables?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s strange how results of iGCSEs suffer after DfE state that they won’t count towards league tables in future. Fishy?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s strange how results of iGCSEs suffer after DfE state that they won’t count towards league tables in future. Fishy?

  3. mcallister1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove With that change in the size and nature of the cohort, I don’t think it is surprising.

  4. andylutwyche

    Meenakumari999 SchoolsImprove Isn’t that a matter of opinion? Ministers are anti-iGCSE due to their inability to control their content?

  5. nastyoldmrpike

    andylutwyche brighton118 SchoolsImprove lots of people put weaker students in for igcse due to lower pass threshold.

  6. andylutwyche

    “nastyoldmrpike: andylutwyche brighton118 SchoolsImprove indeed.” I meant “schools playing the system” but hope you realised that!

  7. andylutwyche

    Meenakumari999 SchoolsImprove Agreed but some subjects iGCSE exam content arguably more rigorous – matter of opinion surely

  8. andylutwyche

    Meenakumari999 SchoolsImprove Having said that I agree with what you are saying. No exam will please everyone!

  9. Scum teacher

    So… playing the system means trying your very hardest to get kids the best results possible so that they can have the best future possible, to then have the pass mark manipulated after the exam is sat in order to appease government and the readership of the Daily Mail. Indeed – shame on all teachers.

  10. w_st0ne

    RuthlessSanjay SchoolsImprove Well, I don’t know how to respond to that. Didn’t need 9 A*s anyway… #gcseresults

  11. PompeyDog

    SchoolsImprove unfortunately we can’t seem to maintain standards. Grades at GCSE have a different worth depending on the year you took them

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