There has been a fall in the proportion of A-level grades awarded an A or A* for the first time in over two decades.
This summer’s results show 26.6% of A-level entries achieved the top two grades – down from 27% last year. Although girls have continued to outperform boys for getting A grades – this year saw boys narrowly ahead of girls at achieving the highest A* grades – 8% compared with 7.9%.
However, the figures published by the Joint Council for Qualifications also show that the overall pass rate has risen again for the 30th successive year.
The 2015 budget statement (released on July 8th) included significant changes to student maintenance grants for Read more