The number of students earning top grades in this year’s batch of A-Level results has increased - but the impacts of Government reform can be seen.
A total of 26.3%, roughly one in four entries, received either an A* or an A – a rise of 0.5%.
The elevated results mark the first time that A-grade attainment has increased in six years, since 2011.
However, the figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show Government reforms are starting to impact on A-level results.
Thirteen subjects under the system were changed in order to move away from coursework and modular examinations, increasing the difficulty for students.
In these subjects – which include art and design, biology and English language – results have suffered a slight decrease compared with their equivalents from 2016.