In 2014, the Government announced changes to GCSEs in England. Reformed GCSEs in a few subjects would be first taught in September 2015 with more reformed courses introduced for first teaching in September 2016 and 2017. This means that students in Year 10 are studying reformed GCSEs in all subjects whilst Year 11 are studying a combination of ‘old’ and reformed GCSEs.
Students in Year 11 will be working towards reformed GCSEs in:
· Art & Design
· Computer Science
· English language
· English literature
· Physical Education
· Religious Studies
The biggest immediate change will be in your child’s assessment data and target grades for reformed GCSE subjects, as any grades provided will be in the new range of 9-1 (where grade 9 is highest). ‘Old’ GCSE specifications have not changed and will continue to be reported A*-G.
Ofqual have provided the following information about how the new 9-1 grades relate to the old A*-G grades:
· Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above;
· Broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve an A and above;
· For each examination, the top 20 per cent of those who get grade 7 or above will get a grade 9 – the very highest performers;
· The bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G;
· Grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of the marks for a current Grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current Grade B. This will mean it will be of greater demand than the present grade C.