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Results in GCSEs are improving for Northern Ireland schools

By Rebecca Black

Performance in GCSE exams has improved, particularly among those from disadvantaged backgrounds, it has emerged.

A-level grades are slightly down for the academic year 2014/15.

The Department of Education yesterday released the latest performance figures for GCSEs and A-levels sat in Northern Ireland.

They show that 67% achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C in 2014/15 - up from 65.2% in 2013/14. The figure for those who receive free school meals increased from 38.7% to 45.6%.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said the improvements were an indication of the "continued success of school improvement policies".

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