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Standard pass at GCSE doesn't match the best educated countries.

Standard pass at GCSE doesn't match the best educated countries.

Maths and English scores among 16-year-olds in England need to exceed the government’s “standard pass” mark in order to match the best educated countries overseas, a thinktank headed by the former education minister David Laws has said.

As hundreds of thousands of teenagers await their GCSE results, due on Thursday, a report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) urges the Department for Education to set its sights higher in order to catch up with the likes of Singapore and Canada.

According to the EPI’s calculations, 96,000 additional pupils out of around 500,000 would have to get top grades in maths and 60,000 low-performing pupils would need to achieve a good pass in order to move England into the top bracket of international performers.

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