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GCSE 9 – 1 Grading

Information for Parents


 Summer 2017 sees the first phase of the new reformed GCSEs with
 9 to 1 grading.

English Language, English Literature and Maths are the first to be  introduced this year with most other subjects changing in 2018. The new qualifications will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, meaning that the students in this transitional period (2017 and 2018 leavers) will receive a mixture of numbers and letters.

Under the new 9 – 1 structure, there are now six different grades from 4 to 9 for the mid to higher ability range as opposed to four in the old system (A*, A, B, C) whereas there will be fewer grades for the lower ability ranges – grades 1 to 3 – compared to current grades G, F, E and D. This means that there will be greater differentiation between individual students and recognition of exceptional performance in the new, more challenging GCSEs, with fewer students achieving the new grade 9 than currently get A*.

  • The bottom of the new grade 4 will be aligned to the bottom of grade C. Broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 4 or above who currently get a grade C or above.
  • The bottom of the new grade 7 will be aligned to the bottom of grade A. Broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 7 and above as currently get a grade A and above in the subject.
  • The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned to the bottom of the current grade G. Broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 1 or above who currently get a grade G or above.

In order that students are not disadvantaged because they are in the first year of new exams, grade boundaries will not be known in advance of the exams and will be set on the basis of statistical prediction, after the exams have been taken.

The Government has defined grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’ with both grades being reported in school performance tables. The number of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ will be one of the measures by which schools are judged.

Students achieving a ‘standard pass’ grade 4 or above in English and Maths will not be required to continue studying these subjects post-16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C they are expected to continue by recognising a grade 4.

 

Further Information:

- Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

- Ofqual -  postcards explaining the new reforms

                                -    Summary of the facts

                                -    Video

Letter from Justine Greening (Secretary of State)

If you have any further questions regarding the new GCSEs please do not hesitate to contact us.