The 2016 GCSE results show a fall of 2.1% in the pass rate, down to 66.9% for A*- C grades.
The fall in overall results has been attributed to a policy in England to encourage more pupils to get A* – C grade GCSEs in maths and English.
In 2014 the government decided that all 16 – 19 year olds who did not already have at least a grade C in GCSE English and maths must be enrolled in courses in these subjects.
In 2015 this was changed to require all those with a grade D in those subjects to specifically do a GCSE course.
After the results were released today showing huge numbers of learners aged 17 and over failed their GCSE English or maths, the chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has called on the government to scrap its GCSE resit policy.
Mark Dawe called today’s results a “body blow” for the learners who did not make the grade.
Surely this is evidence that hitting students over the head with the same form of learning and assessment is not the way forward.
However, grades also dropped among 16 year olds.
Statistics for school leavers show A* – C grades were down 1.3% to 69.5%.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
The hard work and determination of hundreds of thousands of 16 year olds will be rewarded today as they collect their GCSE results; qualifications that are the gateway to the next stage of their education.