Similar to the pattern seen with A-level results last week, it is expected that top GCSE grades in England will drop from last year as part of a plan to bring grades down to pre-pandemic levels.
It comes after Covid-19 led to an increase in top grades in 2020 and 2021, with results based on teacher assessments instead of exams.
Exams regulator Ofqual has said this year’s national GCSE results will be lower than last year, but are expected to be similar to 2019 – the last year before the pandemic.
Some sixth forms and colleges could decide to admit pupils with lower GCSE grades on to A-level courses this summer compared with recent years.
Students across the country wake up to GCSE results
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Returning grading to 2019 levels is ‘fair’, says Schools Minister
Schools minister Nick Gibb has said “it is fair to have the grading back to 2019 levels”.
“We want to return to 2019 grading standards,” he told Times Radio this morning. “We want to get back to normal so we make sure that we retain the value and credibility of GCSEs and A-levels.”
He added: “These young people have been in schools for two years, they have had disruption to their education particularly in years eight and nine and we have had very significant recovery programmes, a £5 billion recovery programme to help those young people catch up.
“But it is important to get back to normal. Exams are the fairest system, and it is fair to have the grading back to 2019 levels consistent to all the years prior to 2019 and consistent with the years next year and the year beyond as well.”