GCSE results 2018 – What is happening with the reformed subjects?
The overall UK GCSE pass rate is up on last year by 0.5 per cent.
After a dip in 2017, this year has seen a rise in the proportion of entries graded C/4 and above across the UK, with 66.9 per cent of entries graded C/4 or above across all subjects (i.e. a ‘pass’ grade as set out by the Education Secretary). Despite girls continuing to achieve a higher proportion of passes than boys, the gender attainment gap has narrowed slightly from 9.5 per cent in 2017 to 9.1 per cent this year.
The pass rate in reformed subjects has fallen
For the remainder of this blog, we turn our attention to looking at what has happened to these reformed subjects, focusing specifically on England, where these reforms have taken place. The second phase of GCSE reforms examined for the first time this year brings the total number of reformed subjects to 23, which includes almost all subjects with large volumes of entries. The overall pass rate in all 23 subjects that had been reformed by 2018 is 66.8 per cent. The pass rate for these same subjects in 2017, when only three subjects had been reformed (English Language, English Literature and maths) was 70.9 per cent. This decrease is primarily driven by lower pass rates in 2017 reformed GCSE subjects (English, English Literature and maths).