13. Aug, 2017


The marks required to secure top grades in the first tougher new GCSE and A-level exams have been lowered to avert a drama­tic fall in results.

The biggest exam shake-up in a generation — the brainchild of Michael Gove, the former education secretary — had been designed to drive up standards, bring England into line with top-performing ­systems in the Far East and identify…