GCSE Changes

We wrote to you last year with information regarding the changes to GCSE examination grading from A*-G to 9-1. The new grades will be accredited for the first time in 2017 for English, English literature and mathematics, with all other subjects awarding new grades in either 2018 or 2019. Therefore, the majority of your child’s GCSE examinations will be graded using the new 9-1 system.

The Government have stated that new 9 to 1 grading should more accurately reflect the differentiation of students’ abilities and achievements in each subject compared to the previous A* to G scale. The Government is also raising the standard of performance, stating that the grade considered as a ‘good pass’ will move from a C grade to a new grade 5. This inevitably means a smaller percentage of students are expected to achieve this standard compared with those who achieved a C grade previously.

The DfE has produced a powerpoint presentation to help parents understand the qualifications reform programme. Please follow the link below to access this presentation.

Also, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) have provided a visual representation of how grades have been changed and a detailed document regarding the rational for the changes. please access the links below for this information.

Please follow this link to view the letter from the assistant principal

Please follow this link to view the DfE Powerpoint in PDF format

Please follow this link to view the Ofqual grade standards in PDF format