We would like to draw parents’ and carers’ attention to the forthcoming changes to GCSE grading in England. Our current Year 11s will be the first to feel the effect of this next summer. The current A* to G grades will disappear and be replaced with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from summer 2017.
In summer 2018 and 2019, the change will be implemented across all subjects. Those subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will be affected in 2018, and most others in 2019.
How will the new grades equate to the current system?
· Students are expected to achieve at least 8 subjects at GCSE.
· The new “good pass” will be a 5. Achieving a 5 or higher will open many more doors in the future than achieving a 4 or less. Many employers will be looking for a grade 5 in both English and Maths.
· In 2016, approximately 72% of students scored C+ in GCSE English and 71.5% C+ in Maths. It is anticipated that there will be much fewer students at Grade 5 next summer as this is more difficult to achieve. Yet, a grade 5 or above will be an entry requirement for many courses in the future. Schools are being advised that changes are happening because GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.
We will do all we can to support our students through these changes, and continue to work with parents and carers to ensure that every student reaches their full potential.
New Grades explained by subject: