Colleges’ GCSE stats are finally resitting pretty

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GCSE resits are a tricky business – colleges are expected to achieve in just one year what schools were unable to do across five.

But there is evidence that the efforts are finally paying off. The provisional 16-18 exam results data shows that GCSE resit students managed to, on average, improve their grade in both English and maths for the first time this year.

The stats, published by the Department for Education, look at the subsequent performance of students who, at the end of key stage 4, had not achieved a grade 4 (or C under the legacy qualifications).

The data shows that the average ...

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