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Only grade 5 and above should be considered a pass when GCSE maths and English results are released tomorrow

 John Jerrim. Tomorrow is the release of GCSE results, with this year having the added excitement of changes to how grades are being reported for certain subjects. Rather than the long-standing use of alphabetic grades (ranging from A* to U),

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GCSE and A-level results: it’s not just the grades that matter

Why GCSE and A Level subject choices matter. shutterstock Jake Anders, UCL and Catherine Dilnot, Oxford Brookes University.  A-level results will soon be out, with more than 300,000 students eagerly waiting to find out if they’ve made the grade. Then come

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The GCSE debacle: what, if anything, went wrong?

 Tina Isaacs Reading the headlines about the current GCSE furore brought me back to the heady days of September 2002 and the last major examination crisis. Teachers reported marking discrepancies in certain A level coursework modules and complained to awarding

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