A breakdown of Leaving Certificate results has shown girls are outperforming boys in every major subject.

The analysis shows girls accounting for 6,000 more A grades at higher and ordinary level.

Girls are also performing better in subjects previously seen as male strongholds such as physics, chemistry, maths and business.

Industry leaders and the Government have expressed concern with the rise in the failure rate among boys in the sciences.

20% failed physics and chemistry at ordinary level and 16% failed biology.