The Government says it will disregard protests and sign the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at an event today, said that the Government has the mandate to sign the FTA with India and also for agreements with China and the EU on the GSP plus concession. (Colombo Gazette)
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Schools from across the UK have published their 2016 GCSE results with the Telegraph – use the interactive searchable results tables below to see if your school is featured, and to compare schools across the country.The first table lists 132 selective state schools, while the second table shows the results of the 182 comprehensive schools who have submitted their results to us. Results are not final and may change after re-marks.A-level results 2016: results from 300 state schools Data for these tables has been supplied directly by the schools. Some results were excluded from the list because of incomplete data. A table of independent school results will be published separately. In tables published by the Telegraph, the The Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead, London, came top of the selective state schools, with 100 per cent of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades and over 95 per cent of pupils gaining A* or A.Thomas Telford School, a City Technology College in Shropshire, came top of the comprehensive table, with 98 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.NotesThe type of school is indicated by G – Grammar, PS – Partially selective and C -ComprehensiveGender is indicated by B – Boys, G – Girls and M – MixedThe %A*-C reveals the percentage of candidates with 5 or more A*-C grades including English and mathematicsThe %A* to A reveals the percentage of entries graded at this level Figures published yesterday revealed that the percentage of pupils achieving a C grade or above this year saw the sharpest decline since the exams were launched in 1988.The percentage of all students gaining A*-C grades dropped 2.1 percentage points to 66.9 per cent, as more 17-year-olds resat their English and maths qualifications following Government changes to the system.According to the reforms, all students must now achieve a C in GCSE English and maths, or they will be forced to retake the qualification.However, the number of 16-year-olds achieving grades A* to C also fell, by 1.3 percentage points, with experts blaming the focus on the key academic subjects of the EBacc as a possible cause.