The GCSE grading system is being changed nationally over the next few years. The old system of grades, A*-G, will be phased out and replaced with a new grading system of 1-9 (9 being the highest). For your son/daughter’s year, GCSEs at the end of their courses will be graded as follows:
- Year 11: English and Maths GCSEs will be graded 1-9. All other GCSEs will be graded A*-G
- Years 7/8/9/10: All GCSEs will be graded 1-9
There is no direct equivalence between the number grades on the new system and the letter grades on the old system, but for comparison purposes the following (based on information from Ofqual) may be useful:
From September 2015 we have introduced a KS2 – KS4 leveling system to track students’ progress. This will be based on new GCSE number grades 1 – 9 (9 highest) and a foundation grade below this. KS4 will continue to include a mixture of old letter grades A*-G and new GCSE number grades 9 – 1, depending on whether the course is an old or new GCSE course.
Since 2016, the Department for Education have introduced two new measures, Attainment 8 and Progress 8.
Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.
Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including Mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or technical awards from the DfE approved list.