English and maths GCSE and A-level grade

4th October 1996 at 01:00
(Photograph) - The above graphs track what has happened in each grade at both GCSE and A-level in English and maths since 1989.

The sharpest rise at A-level in both subjects is in the highest grade (A), while there has been a steady decline in the proportion of candidates getting fail grades (N,U). At GCSE English, the proportion achieving grades A, B and C has risen markedly.

In mathematics, a similar pattern is evident at grades A and B, although after a big rise between 1988 and 1992, the proportion of pupils who manage to achieve a grade C has declined.

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