A-level results - drop in top grades
Around 335,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their results today - and the figures reveal the proportion of A-levels awarded an A or A* grade has fallen slightly for the first time in over two decades.
There has been a decrease to 26.6%, from 27% last year gaining these top grades, although the overall pass rate has risen again, for the 30th successive year.
Other notable points:
* Although girls have again outperformed boys for getting A grades, this year saw the boys edge ahead of girls for the highest A* grades - 8% compared with 7.9%.
* The fall in the numbers of pupils taking modern languages is still ongoing, with French, Spanish and German in decline by 5.2%, 3.4% and 7.6% respectively, prompting Andrew Hall chief of the exam board AQA to describe it as a 'crisis'.
* On the plus side, maths is 3% up and physics 5% up.
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