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Girls celebrate GCSE success

26/08/2011 Joanna
Those in teaching jobs have seen girls outperform boys as schools from across the country found out GCSE exam results yesterday (August 25th).

Some 26.5 per cent of girls were awarded an A or A* grade, while just 19.8 per cent of boys achieved the same result, indicating that the gender gap has widened to record levels.

The 6.7 per cent difference is the largest that has been seen since the A* grade was introduced in 1994.

Brian Lightman, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, suggested that the results counter A-level figures released last week, where boys performed better.

"At A-level, boys are clearly very focused on the grades they need for university entry. At GCSE perhaps that sort of maturity is not quite there with the boys," he explained.

Recent research by Santander Mortgages showed that proximity to good schools is the top priority for one in three homebuyers with children under ten, with 37 per cent of parents admitting it is a consideration when looking for a house. ADNFCR-2164-ID-800711711-ADNFCR
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