THOUSANDS of Wigan teenagers were getting their GCSE results today.
Across the country, the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running, official figures have revealed.
Just over two-thirds (68.1%) of entries scored A*-C this summer, down 1.3 percentage points from 2012 - the biggest fall in the exam’s 25-year history. The proportion of entries gaining top grades has also fallen by 0.5 percentage points - with 6.8% achieving a coveted A*. Girls continued to out-perform boys, scoring higher results at A* and A*-C across all subjects.
The dip in national results comes amid a major upheaval in the exams system and it is thought that a rise in pupils entering maths GCSE early or multiple times, changes to science GCSEs and an increase in pupils taking international GCSEs (IGCSE) in certain subjects have contributed to the falls in performance.
Results, reaction and pictures in tomorrow’s Wigan Evening Post
12-page special in Tuesday’s Wigan Observer