This year’s results show a rise in A*-C from 68.1 % last year to 69.1% this, but the proportion gaining A* fell from 10% to 9.6%. The gap between the boys’ performance at A* (7%) and girl s’ 12% had widened. Oddly the number of entries fell by 9,000.
Somehow the government are claiming that poorer results is a sign of rising standards. Discuss!