2% increase in the number of students aged 17 and over - the vast majority of which are expected to be those resitting exams - although their grades at A*-C dropped by 7.
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said analysis of previous data showed that youngsters resitting GCSEs a year later only improve by half a grade - while a "significant" number actually achieve a lower score.
Changes will mean pupils resitting
the same GCSE will only have the grade of their first attempt counted in calculating school league tables.
Under the old system resitting
usually meant postponing any future plans by at least one year.
GCSE results dropped to their lowest level for eight years with education experts blaming a 34% increase in pupils resitting
English and maths.
Given the concession over students resitting
exams, it is doubtful that even its authors have full confidence in it," he said.
IF CLEARING does not offer up a university place that attracts your child, but he is still tempted by the idea of higher education, then it may be worth considering resitting
all or some of his exams.
Exam board Edexcel has now disqualified the student from one section of the exam but has decided not to prevent the teenager from resitting
the exam in the next academic year.
But if they would prefer to leave open the option of resitting
the exam, they can cash in the results at the end of Year 13.