- The overall entry for GCSEs in England in November 2016 has increased by 24%, from 68,180 in 2015 to 84,450 in 2016. This could be because November 2016 is the penultimate opportunity to re-sit these specifications, as well as the policy changes which were put in place which encourage students who did not achieve a grade C to re-take GCSEs.
- Students in year 12 and above represent 98% of the total entries in November 2016.
- The number of GCSE entries from students in year 11 and below in November 2016 has decreased by 78% from 6,260 in November 2015 to 1,360. This is likely to be due to the introduction of reformed 9 to 1 GCSE specifications in summer 2017, which are the only qualifications in English and mathematics that will count for school performance tables in 2017.
- Level 1/ Level 2 certificate entries for November 2016 have decreased by 63% from 43,180 in 2015 to 15,960 in November 2016, possibly because November 2016 is the penultimate opportunity to re-sit these specifications which from 2017 will no longer be counted in school performance tables.
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Ofqual has changed the name of its Official Statistics publication Enquiries about results for GCSE and A level to Reviews of marking and moderation for GCSE and A level. The next release of the publication is scheduled for 13 December 2016. The change of name was required to reflect recent changes in rules for reviewing candidate results which came into effect in August 2016. Ofqual made changes to the rules following two user consultations published in May and July 2016.