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GCSE pass rates and top grades increase

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Hundreds of thousands of Year 11 students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their results for their GCSEs today.

Despite widespread concerns about the difficulty of the exams, there was a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and top grades.

The pass rate edged slightly higher to 67.3%, up 0.4% on last year.

The number of papers receiving a top grade increased by 0.3% to 20.8% on 2018.

More than 700,000 teenagers sat the compulsory exams this year, after a number of reforms to the exam system.

In England, papers are now graded on a numerical system and have now been made harder, whereas elsewhere, many GCSE papers are still marked using the A*-G grading system.

Picture: ITV

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