director general Michael Turner said: "At a national level there is very little change in this year's results but we do see educational policies continuing to have an effect on entry patterns and results at a subject level.
said boys were catching up with girls across the grades - narrowing the gap at grades A-C by half a percent on last year, although girls remain far ahead of boys.
This was double the improvement in the majority of state schools and colleges, according to the JCQ
The barrister added that, despite serving court documents on his home and business addresses, JCQ
had "heard nothing from Quinn at any stage".
Overall fewer pupils sat science exams, despite a rise in those entering for physics, chemistry and biology as separate subjects, according to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQDr Ellie Johnson Searle, director of the JCQ
, said analysis of GCSE figures released by the umbrella body this morning confirmed that entries had fallen by some 8,000.
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contains self-reported information on decision latitude (3 questions), decision authority (2 questions), psychological demands (2 questions), social support from co-workers (2 questions), support from supervisor, job physical demands and job security (1 question each).
director Dr Jim Sinclair said: "Students and their teachers can be proud of their achievements.
Jim Sinclair, director of the JCQ
, said: "Once again, we have seen a welcome increase in results at GCSE despite the lowest entry for five years.
Dr Ellie Johnson Searle, JCQ
director, welcomed the improvement in maths results.
, which represents exam boards, also revealed 50% of entries in independent schools achieved A* or A grade while just 23% got the grades at state schools and colleges.
said the overall pass rate stayed the same as it was in 2003, after falling from the year before.
He said that JCQ
had traced various fake certificates emanating from Quinn, a "very slippery customer" who had made lots of money from his forgery trade.