Students taking GCSEs in England this summer will receive a mixture of number and letter grades. English language, English literature and maths are the first subjects to use the new system, with most other subjects adopting numbers by 2019. Eventually all GCSEs taken in England will receive numerical grades.
Why are GCSEs being reformed?
- To provide a stronger foundation for further study and employment
- To support students in developing the knowledge, skills and values they need for life in modern Britain
- To match the standards of the best education systems in the world.
The video below from the Ofqual website will provide you with more information about the new examination grading system.
The Key Features of the Reformed GCSEs:
- New grading 9-1 replaces the A*-G
- No Higher or Foundation papers except for in Maths, MFL and Science
- Completely linear so no modules, coursework, controlled assessments (except for 10% in Science practical work).
- Practical assessments shown only in a few subjects where it’s absolutely necessary eg. Art & Design
- Exams are terminal so only at the end of the course
- Increased extended writing in exams
Click on the postcards below for more information.
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‘5 A*-C inc. English & Maths’ is being replaced by the following:
- English & Maths
- Ebacc (English Baccalaureate): combination of subjects to be studied by a significant number of our students: English, Maths, at least 2 Sciences (including Computer Science), MFL and either History or Geography
- From the Best 8 subjects: Attainment 8 score
- From the Best 8 subjects: Progress 8 score
How will I know how my child is doing at St Paul's?
- 3 reports a year
- Parents’ Consultative Evening
- Phone calls, email, communiction via the student planner
- Fine grading eg. 5a / 5b / 5c – not to be confused with the old levels!