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Headteachers called for foreign language GCSEs to be re-graded because they believe the exams are too difficult.
The measure includes ensuring that 40 per cent of pupils achieve at least five GCSEs at A* to C, including in English and Maths.
This year's results are particularly pleasing given that the goalposts have moved significantly in the time since pupils started their GCSE courses two years ago.
The Welsh Government has confirmed its commitment to the A-level and GCSE brands
Pupils sharing their GCSE results - but Education Correspondent Gareth Evans is asking if the exam should be scrapped?
There are too many individual success stories to mention them all, however the students below achieved some of the very highest GCSE results this year.
The GCSEs will be "universal qualifications" accessible to the same proportion of pupils who sit the exams now," Mr Gove said.
8% of pupils achieved five GCSEs A* to C, up from 55.
The success of England's academy schools has been questioned after figures suggested their exam pass rate was down to vocational and "equivalent" qualifications, not GCSEs.
Today's tables, based on GCSE exam results from 552 fee-paying schools, show that 28.
According to the figures, NONE of its pupils achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C.
In addition, our science GCSE results are our best ever, with 74% of students having achieved the Government target of two or more A*-C grades at GCSE.
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