2016 History GCSE results

As you may have heard by now, the percentage of pupils gaining  A*-C in GCSE history declined this year from 69.1% to 66%. There was also a fall in A* and A grades from 28.8 to 26.5%. Many commentators will be putting this down to the ‘broader profile’ cohort now studying history because of EBacc. To put it bluntly: more lower-attaining students were entered this year than in the past. Whilst this is indubitably true, I wonder if the profile was so massively skewed to explain such a drop. After all, the average number of students entered for GCSE history in 2016 had only gone up from 58 to 62.5. Food for thought.

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