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GCSE passes drop slightly.

GCSE passes drop slightly.

GCSE passes have dropped slightly across the range of subjects, with some dramatic changes in new, tougher exams sat for the first time in England.

Overall in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, passes (grades C/4 and above) dropped 0.6 percentage points to 66.3%.

In England, the English literature pass-rate fell 2.2 percentage points to 72.4%. In maths it dropped from 71.4 to 70.7%. Both are  new, tougher exams.

Exam boards said this year's results were broadly consistent with last year.

But the exams regulator Ofqual says a pass or grade 4 in maths would have been achieved in the upper tier paper with just 18% of the overall marks.


For a grade 9, a 79% mark was required, while for a grade 7 - the equivalent of an A - candidates needed just over half marks.

There has been a particular focus on this maths GCSE, with many students posting concerns online about the exam after they sat it.

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