There has been a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and the percentage of top grades this year, despite concerns about the difficulty of exams.
The pass rate edged up to 67.3% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – up 0.4 percentage points on last year.
The percentage of papers given a top grade (7 or A and above) rose 0.3 percentage points to 20.8% on 2018.
The rise comes as head teachers in England warned toughened GCSEs were demoralising some candidates.
More than 700,000 teenagers are receiving their GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, after a string of reforms to the exams system.
Exam boards and exam regulators make efforts to hold standards steady so as not to disadvantage pupil sitting new exams.
A new numerical grading system and tougher exams have been…
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