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Watch: Northern Ireland pupils celebrate GCSE results as boys narrow gap with girls

Girls have come out on top once again in this year's GCSE results but boys are narrowing the gap.

Figures released this morning by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQCIC) show Northern Ireland students are continuing to perform well.

This year saw the introduction of the new Northern Ireland GCSE A*-G grading, used in all CCEA GCSE qualifications.

The A* grade has been realigned to the 9 grade in England and a new C* grade has been introduced.

On Thursday, over 96% of candidates in Northern Ireland will be awarded the new CCEA GCSE grades.

The proportion of entries awarded grade A/7 has increased by 1.1 percent to 30.5%. The number of entries achieving A/7-C/4 has also increased by 1.1 percent, to 82.2%.

There has been a slight improvement in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST
22/8/2019
There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland.
GCSE students Victoria Lloyd, Alison Riley, Nathan Moffett and Zoe Jess from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, celebrating their results this morning.
Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Victoria Lloyd, Alison Riley, Nathan Moffett and Zoe Jess from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, celebrating their results this morning. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Mia McQuitty and Anna Brown from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, who received results this morning. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE student Mia McQuitty from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, who received her results this morning. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Victoria Lloyd and Alison Riley from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, celebrating their results this morning. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Victoria Lloyd, Alison Riley, James McAleese and Rhea Stewart from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, who received results today. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Joseph McNaughton, Rhea Stewart,Victoria Lloyd, Alison Riley and James McAleese from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, who received results today. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Craig Ennis, Amy Grant and Joshua Patterson from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast, who received their results this morning. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 22/8/2019 There has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries awarded A*-C grades in Northern Ireland. GCSE students Katie Clugston, James McAleese and Eva Russell, from Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast. Photo by Laura Davison, Pacemaker Press.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Ryan Irvine 6A*, 5A, Rachel Campbell 4A*, 5A, B, C and Yasmin Kidd 9A* 2A.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Fiona McIlroy 3A*, 6A, C* and Zoe Fleck 2A*, 6A, B
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Alex Kappai 9A*, 2A and Anna Craig 4A*, 4A
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Adam McDowell 5A*, 3A, 2B
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Jack Hull 6A*, 2A, B, C*
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Zoe Ferguson 10A*, A and Jade Allison 9A*, A, B.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Very proud mum and dad Joslyn and Darren Lavery with their daughter Natasha who passed her grades to study Health and Social Care.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Principal Dr Michelle Rainey with Molly Scott 9A*, A, Matthew Walker 9A*, A, B and Oliver Montgomery 5A*, 5A.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. BallyclareÕs top pupil Freya McKinty who passed with 11A*Õs
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. BallyclareÕs top pupil Freya McKinty who passed with 11A*Õs with a very proud Principal Dr Michelle Rainey.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Principal Dr Michelle Rainey with Megan Stewart 10A*, A and Rebecca McKenzie 10A*, A.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Rory Little 8A*, 3A
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Nicholas Johnston 5A*, 5A and James Jiang 6A*, 4A.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 22 August 2019 Ballyclare High School, Rashee Road, Ballyclare. High performance from all the pupils in Ballyclare High School and Principal Dr Michelle Rainey has praised all her pupils for their hard work. Jacob Simpson 4A*, 4A and Toby Claxton 8A* 2A.
Banbridge Academy pupils Katie Cartmill, Mr R S McLoughlin (Principal), Lynsey Orr, Rachel Hanna, Ellie Wright, Alex Gardiner, Sarah Bingham
Campbell College Headmaster Robert Robinson with George Robinson, Finlay Stafford, Ben Coulter and Josh Moore who all achieved 11 A* /A equivalent grades. Picture: Michael Cooper
Banbridge Academy pupils Karis Humphries, Alannah Harshaw, Gemma Uprichard, Larissa Harte, Mr R S McLoughlin (Principal)
Banbridge Academy pupils James Doran, Lewis Clarke, James Edgar, Evan Calvert, Mr R S McLoughlin (Principal)

In GCSE English there was an increase of 0.5 percent across A/7-C Grades, from 80.2% in 2018 to 80.7% in 2019.

GCSE Mathematics saw a 3.2 percent increase at A/7 – C/4 Grades, from 68.1% in 2018 to 71.3% in 2019.

Male entries achieving A/7- C/4 grades increased by 1.6 percent, to 78.5%.

Females achieving A/7- C/4 grades increased by 0.5 percent, to 85.6%.

The gap between female and male performance at A/7- C/4 grades has narrowed from 8.2 to 7.1 percent.

Entries for GCSE have declined by 5.2%. This year there are fewer entries by 15 and 17 year olds.

CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards congratulated everyone receiving exam results.

"Females continue to perform better than their male counterparts. However, this year saw the gap between male and female performance at A/7 – C/4 grades narrow from 8.2 to 7.1 percentage points," Mr Edwards said.

"Congratulations to all Northern Ireland’s learners who have once again demonstrated good outcomes across all grades, reflecting the hard work that takes place in our schools and colleges.”

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