GCSE Grading Reform

Reformed GCSEs are being introduced gradually over three years and Summer 2017 saw the first cohort of students nationally to achieve grades 1-9 (instead of A* to G) in English and Maths only, with 9 being the highest grade. Summer 2018 (current Year 11) will see the majority, but not all subjects being awarded grades from 1-9, and it is not until Summer 2019 (current Year 10) that all subjects would have transitioned to the new grading system.

 

Students taking GCSEs over this period will therefore receive a mixture of 9 to 1 and A* to G grades. Please click here to access the 2018 GCSE Grading for all subjects.

However they will not lose out as a result of the changes. Ofqual will use a statistical method (known as comparable outcomes) to ensure that:

·         broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above

·         broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above

·         the bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G

·         grade 5 will be awarded to around the top third of students gaining the equivalent of a grade C and bottom third of a grade B. The Department for Education has defined a grade 5 as a ‘good pass’.

To find further information about the timing of the changes to each subject, visit the government's website here.

 

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