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GCSE’s results show downward trend to restore credibility

28 August 2012

The number of pupils getting A2 to C grades in their GCSE exams fell for the first time since they were introduced 26 years ago. The proportion of English entries achieving a good pass dropped by 1.5% points. Despite previous concerns about the relentless rise in GCSE results, the exams regulator Ofqual has now decided to investigate the last-minute changes to the GCSE English grade boundaries.

This fall in GCSE exam results will impact on the number of schools likely to fall below the "floor standard", a target set by the government. These schools are now more likely to be converted into sponsor led academies to help raise standards.

The Secretary of State, Michael Gove wants to abolish GCSE’s and introduce a two-tier examinations system for 16-year-olds by September 2014. Proposals include: an exam system with 75% taking O levels and 25% taking new CSE-style examinations; a single exam board; and pupils to take exams when they are ready, between 15 and 17 years old.

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