GCSE Grading is changing in 2017


Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

1. I have heard GCSES are changing, what does this mean?

GCSEs will be graded on a new scale of 9 to 1 rather than A* to G as now, with 9 the highest grade, to distinguish clearly between the reformed and unreformed qualifications.The Government and Department for Education (DfE) have specified that the new GCSE syllabuses will include more challenging and knowledge-based content with exams only a the end of the course.

There is less non-exam assessment too. English language, English literature and maths will be the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.

Another twenty subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.

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