The pass rates for this summer’s GCSE maths and English resits have risen on 2020, new figures out today have revealed.

The proportion of males and females aged 17 and over passing English has risen by 2.8 per cent compared to 2020.

This year, 42.3 per cent received a grade 4 (equivalent to a C) or higher; whereas in 2020, it was 39.5 per cent.

Men continued to perform worse than women with 38.6 per cent receiving a 4 or higher, compared to 35.2 per cent in 2020.

47.4 per cent of women achieved grade 4 or higher this year, compared to 45.5 per cent last year.

In maths, 38.6 per cent of England’s males and females aged 17 and over passed with at least a grade 4.

This is almost six per cent higher than in 2020 – where 32.9 per cent passed.

As in English, women have performed better than men: 36.8 per cent of the latter passed their maths resit this summer, compared to 30.1 per cent last summer.

Whereas, 40.1 per cent of women passed this summer, compared to 35.4 per cent last year.

The overall number of students taking English and maths resits this year in England dropped by 13 per cent, with 133,982 of those aged 17 and over retaking English, and 165,150 retaking maths. Last year, 164,545 students resat English and 180,782 student resat maths.

Click here to download the JCQ data on GCSE results for those aged 17 and over in England.

See below for the table of results for English and maths exams taken in England by those aged 17 and over (results in  brackets are for 2020).


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  1. Phil Hatton

    So with the grade inflation that could not be clearer as many schools lost a lot of teaching, expect our colleges and providers to find that their initial assessments of new learners and apprentices shows a lower level of English and maths than exam results would suggest.

  2. richard moore

    OK, so these are pass rates rather than achievement rates are they? And what does the ‘% of total no. sat’ column mean exactly? Percentage of all GCSEs sat across all subjects I think?