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Curriculum Changes

Pupils in Y11 in 2017/2018 

Pupils in the current Year 11 will be the second cohort to study the new English and mathematics qualifications.  They will be the first study new GCSE qualifications in a number of other subjects, including 

  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • PE
  • Religious Education

They will see a change in the grading of these GCSE subjects; the current A* – G grading system will be replaced with a new 9 point scale, 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.  A comparison between A*-G grades with the 9-1 point score can be found here

The following four measures will be used to judge the academic performance of each student:

9-5 in both English and mathematics
Attainment 8
Progress 8
English Baccalaureate
 
Further details about attainment 8 and progress 8 can be found here (link to Changes to Performance Measures section)

Pupils in Y11 in 2018/2019 and beyond 

It is expected that the GCSE assessment reform directed by the Government will be fully completed in terms of all new GCSE subjects being introduced and embedded.  The current A* – G grading system will be replaced with a new 9 point scale in all GCSE subjects, 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.  A comparison between A*-G grades with the 9-1 point score can be found here. 

The following four measures will be used to judge the academic performance of each student:

9-5 in both English and mathematics
Attainment 8
Progress 8
English Baccalaureate
 

Top facts about the new GCSEs

 

1 GCSEs in England have a new 9 to 1 grading scale to better differentiate between the highest performing students and distinguish clearly between the new and old exams.

2 Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students than the current A* grade.

 

3 The old and new GCSE grading scales do not directly compare but there are three points where they align, as the diagram shows: 

        • The bottom of grade 7 is aligned with the bottom of grade A;

        • The bottom of grade 4 is aligned with the bottom of grade C; 

        • The bottom of grade 1 is aligned with the bottom of grade G.

 

4 Although the exams cover more challenging content, this won’t mean your child gets a lower grade than they might have under the old system. Ofqual, the exams regulator, have ensured that broadly the same proportion of students will get grades 1, 4 and 7 and above in any subject as would have got grades G, C or A and above respectively in the old system, other things being equal.

 

5 The Department for Education recognises grade 4 and above as a ‘standard pass’; this is the minimum level that students need to reach in English (language or literature) and mathematics, otherwise they will need to continue to study these subjects as part of their post-16 education. There is no re-take requirement for other subjects.

 

6 Employers, universities and colleges will continue to set the GCSE grades they require for

employment or further study. The Department of Education are saying to them that if a grade C is their current minimum requirement, then the nearest equivalent is grade 4. A* to G grades will remain valid for future employment or study.

 

7 For measuring school performance, the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 and above and

5 and above will also be published. The Department for Education recognises grade 5 and above as a ‘strong pass’, a benchmark in line with the expectations of top performing education systems around the world.

 

NB GSCE sociology, media and film studies will still be graded using the old A*-G scale until August 2018.

 

Further details about attainment 8 and progress 8 from the DfE can be found  by clicking here