GCSE Results!

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers across England prepared to receive their GCSE results today.

The percentage of youngsters receiving grades A* to C has risen slightly from 68.8% to 69%, but top A* and A grades have fallen by 0.1%.

The best results were achieved in Northern Ireland, where A* to C grades rose by 0.7% to 78.7%, whilst in Wales the results stayed the same (66%).

Maths and English results up:

GCSE results

This year’s improvements are suspected to be influenced by the change in the age of pupils taking the exams, giving them a number of chances to resit up until they leave school. With this change in place, English A* to C grades increased 3.7% to 65.4% and maths increased from 62.4% to 63.2%.

So what changes are being introduced this year?

There will be new GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths. The subjects will be taken over two years rather than through modular assessments.

The grading system will also be changing: qualifications will no longer be graded A/B/C. Students will instead receive a grade between 1-9, 9 being the highest. These changes are expected to come into place in 2017.