More Northern Ireland pupils get top GCSE and A-level grades

The proportion of Northern Ireland pupils getting good A-level and GCSE grades has reached its highest ever.


Well over two-thirds - 67.9% - of year 12 pupils achieved five or more GCSEs, including English and Maths, at grades A*-C in 2015/16.


That is an increase of 0.9% from 2014/15.


At A-level, 66.3% of students achieved three or more A-levels at grades A*-C in 2015/16, an increase of 1.4% on the previous year.


The statistics for 2015/16 have just been published by the Department of Education.


They also show that almost half of pupils - 47% - who are entitled to free school meals achieved five 'good' GCSEs.


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