GCSE results day – live: Higher marks expected as Labour says 500k students to leave school without support

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Pupils across the country are set to receive their GCSE results this morning, which are expected to contain a record number of top results.

Due to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, students were assessed by teachers rather than an official exam. Mock exams, coursework and mini-exams were used to determine pupils’ final grades.

Exam watchdog Ofqual has said this process was fair and enabled many samples of GCSE work to be assessed, which allowed students to show their greatest potential in a particularly challenging year.

But teacher assessed grades tend to be higher on average than official exam results. Last year, 26.2 per cent of GCSE entries received a top grade, up from 20.8 per cent in 2019, and 76.3 per cent received a grade C (4 or above) up from 67.3 per cent in 2019. This year’s A-Level exams also witnessed a leap in top grades.

Meanwhile, Labour has said that more than half a million Year 11 students who are receiving their results today will leave secondary school without receiving the catch-up support they need.

They are calling on the government to match their children’s recovery plan, which would provide a £15bn package that includes small group tutoring, breakfast clubs, and extra support for pupils who struggled the most with lockdown learning.

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Labour: half a million Year 11 pupils will leave secondary school without catchup support

Labour has said that some 560,000 Year 11 pupils who are receiving their results today will leave secondary school without receiving the catch-up support they need.

The opposition party is calling on the government to do more to address lost learning during the pandemic by matching Labour’s children’s recovery plan. The proposed plan would provide a £15bn package that includes small group tutoring, breakfast clubs, mental health support, additional professional development for teachers and extra support for pupils who struggled the most with lockdown learning.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to visit a school in Swindon to meet students receiving their GCSE results today.

Celine Wadhera12 August 2021 08:15

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GCSE results expected to contain record number of top grades

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE results this morning, which will determine their ability to secure places at sixth forms.

Results, which were determined by teachers’ judgements rather than official exams, due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, are widely expected to contain a record number of top results.

Ofqual has found teacher-assessed results tend to be higher than exam-assessed results, and last year’s results saw a rise in the number of students receiving top grades and C grades.

Last year, 26.2 per cent of GCSE entries received a top grade, up from 20.8 per cent in 2019, and 76.3 per cent received a grade C (4 or above) up from 67.3 per cent in 2019.

This week’s release of A-Level results also saw record numbers of top grades with 44.8 per cent of pupils receiving A* or A grades, up from 38.5 per cent last year.

Celine Wadhera12 August 2021 08:06

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of GCSE results day.

Celine Wadhera12 August 2021 08:03

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