YEP Says: Let’s hope the gap in GCSEs results can be reduced

Pupils at Ralph Thoresby School celebrate exam success. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Pupils at Ralph Thoresby School celebrate exam success. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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thousands of teenagers across the city and beyond will receive their GSCE results today with girls once again expected to outperform boys in the majority of subjects.

Analysis of the predicted grades shows the results are likely to mirror those from last year when 73 per cent of female pupils were awarded at least a C grade, compared with just under 65 per cent of their male counterparts.

Education experts claim the key reasons why girls are outperforming boys at GCSEs is because they are better at coursework and less prone to cramming at the last minute.

However, this isn’t the only disparity. Historically there has been a North-South divide in GCSE results with little sign of the gap narrowing. Last year, 69 per cent of pupils gained an A* to C grade, but in Yorkshire and Humber this figure dropped to 65 per cent with the region lagging behind the top performers.

Despite the impressive overall figures this is a worrying trend.

It is no doubt one of the reasons why the Government is changing the way students are graded. Instead of being scored with grades A* to G, from next summer, pupils studying English language, English literature and maths will be marked numerically – from nine for the top-performers to one for those at the bottom. It must be hoped that these changes can help bridge the gaps.

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