GCSE updates

6 Apr

Ofqual – the body responsible for monitoring exam boards – have updated their advice about grades this summer. Previously, the government had indicated that a Grade 5 will be seen as a ‘good’ pass. This language, and the slightly conflicting messages about the merits of Grades 4 and 5, have been set aside this week.

Now Grade 4 will be the level of a ‘standard’ pass, while Grade 5 will be recognised as a ‘strong’ pass.  So, in short, no one who achieves a Grade 4 or higher will face the prospect of re-sits in the Sixth form.

Ofqual have also estimated the proportions of students who will be awarded each grade this summer. Bear in mind, these are only estimates:

grade estimate

Lastly, a petition asking MPs in the House of Commons to consider the closed book nature of the new GCSEs in English has gained nearly 110,000 signatures. MPs will debate the changes in Westminster on the 24th April.



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