GCSE results 2021: Record passes and top grades

GCSE students have received another set of record grades, in the second year of Covid disruption to exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Top grades (7/As and above) rose 2.7 percentage points to 28.9%, while grades 4/Cs and above - seen as passes - rose 0.8 percentage points to 76.3%.

This is a smaller rise than last year, the first time exams were cancelled and teacher assessed grades were used.

Exams regulators have insisted the process has been fair and thorough.

Read the full article on the BBC here.