GCSE Results Day – expected rise in C grades and above
As students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepare to receive their GCSE results today, this year’s results are expected to show an increase in C grades and above compared to last year. This comes after a rise in pupils taking international courses and fewer students being entered for exams early. GCSE results this year may be affected by schools using IGCSEs alongside GCSEs to maximise pupils’ chances and new government reforms which require students who do not achieve an A* to C grade in English and Maths to re-take the subjects.
This will be a transitional year for students taking GCSEs, with some of the government’s new reforms having been implemented, but changes to how exams are graded are yet to be applied. This means that pupils this year took fewer public exams, and they will become the first year group to have AS-levels dropped in certain subjects.
Following this year’s general election, the government has set targets for schools to ensure that 60% of students achieve five good GCSE grades and all pupils achieve at least a C in English and Maths.