Results from the final cohort of ‘legacy’ GCSE English retakes show an improvement on last year’s pass rates. 29% of learners aged 17+ achieved a grade C or above in the subject, compared to 26.9% in 2016. It was not the same story for students who retook the legacy GCSE Maths – 24.4% earned an A*-C pass, down 5.1 percentage points on last year’s figures.
There were a number of 17-plus students that sat the new reformed qualifications. Of the 88,000 that took the new GCSE English exam, 35.5% achieved at least a standard pass (Grade 4 or above). 30,000 17-plus learners sat the 9-1 specification GCSE Maths exams, with 37% of those achieving a good pass.
In like-for-like comparisons between the old and new GCSE results at secondary school level, pass rates fell for both English (-2.2 percentage points) and maths (-0.7 percentage points). A drop in grades was expected due to the new tougher curriculums.
Exam boards have confirmed that 50,000 grade 9s were awarded across Maths, English Language and English Literature, and two thirds of these grades belonged to girls.