The big day for sixth former’s as they receive their A-level results and higher education offers. Boys are outperforming girls to top A-level grades for the first time in 17 years, with 26.6 per cent of boys achieving coveted A* or A grades compared to just 26.1 per cent of girls.
It has been falling over the decade, standing at 1.5 percent in 2011, 1.4 percent points in 2012, 0.8 percent in 2013, 0.5 percent in 2014 and 0.4 percent in 2015. In 2011, 27.7 percent of girls achieved an A* or A – compared to 26.2 percent of boys.
The figures, published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) also show boys have pulled further ahead at the highest grade.
The statistics, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, also show:
- The overall A*-E pass-rate has fallen by 0.2 percentage points to 97.9 per cent
- The proportion of entries awarded the highest result – A* – has risen 0.2 percentage points to 8.3 per cent
- Among the 13 reformed subjects only, results are down slightly compared to the equivalent subjects in 2016
We will keep you posted with all the latest news, results and reaction to how students and schools have done across the whole country, with additional regional reports.
We will also have updates on everything students need to know, from UCAS Track to clearing places, university choices to preparing for student life or finding jobs.