Pupils await results of tougher GCSE exams

The BBC is reporting that hundreds of thousands of teenagers are about to find out their GCSE results, with almost all results in England to be graded from 9 to 1.

The highest grade 9 will be harder to achieve than the previous A*, in a tougher, revised GCSE exam system.

There have been estimates that only a few hundred pupils will be the first to get a clean sweep of grade 9s.

Pupils in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to get their results graded from A* to G.

About 90% of entries in England this year will be in the new, more challenging form of GCSE. These have more difficult content and are mostly marked on final exams, rather than coursework.

The intention is to pitch the exams at the standard of the highest-achieving countries in education, such as Singapore and Finland.

There will be 20 of the most popular GCSE subjects in England graded for the first time in the numerical format.

These include history, geography, sciences and modern languages, all of which have been designed to be more difficult.

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