ABOUT seven in ten school and college students feel pressure to resit core GCSEs if they failed first time, according to an awarding body.

A survey of young people, including the North-East, found that 70 per cent of respondents who are at school or college have experienced pressure to resit English, maths or science grade.

The statistics were revealed as NCFE launched its Fully Functional campaign, calling on the government to provide funding for learners who failed to achieve higher than a Grade 3 (equivalent to grade D in the old system) to sit alternative qualifications, rather than re-sitting the GCSE exams until they pass.

Stewart Foster, managing director of NCFE Awarding, said: “One size doesn’t fit all and we need to recognise that the current system is setting some students up to fail."