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GCSE reforms have favoured girls.

GCSE reforms have favoured girls.

It's GCSE Results Day 2017 and the girls are steaming ahead of the boys. The new toughened up GCSEs have seen two thirds of the coveted grade nines awarded to girls. 

The reformed GCSEs, which are marked in numerical grades of nine to one rather than A* to G, are designed to separate the very highest achievers, with roughly half as many nines awarded as A*s.

The new grades were part of a package of reforms introduced by former education secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses and to cut down on the number of students getting A*s by splitting it between the two highest grades, eight and nine.

Almost 51,000 grade nines were given out across the three reformed subjects, English Literature, English Language and Maths. 

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