Research and analysis: Variability in GCSE results for schools, 2016 to 2018

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Key points

  1. Some variation in year-on-year results for individual schools and colleges is normal.
  2. Overall, the level of variation is generally similar to last year.
  3. There is slightly more variation in the reformed GCSE 9 to 1 subjects that were awarded for the first time this summer, compared to the reformed GCSE 9 to 1 subjects first awarded in 2017. This is not unexpected since there have been changes to the structure of these qualifications compared to the legacy qualifications.

GCSE results in England have been relatively stable in recent years, with only very small changes in the…

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