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GSCEs - how many get all A grades?

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tatt Thu 27-Aug-09 22:59:19

Anyone tell me where I can find figures for the percentage who get all A grades or higher?

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:04:31

50% of all exams from independant

40% from selective schools
25 of cohort ( think 26.4)

scrub the above

too many

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:05:54

sorry think that is A level

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:08:23

If we carry on as we are, everyone will have As for everything in about 10 years' time, thus eliminating the need for exams at all - everyone can have a certificate at the end of the school year to say how great they all are.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:09:53

jsut watching newsnight

i have teens doing gcse and a level they are not stressed and do not work anything like as hard as we did

no where near

they score much much higher

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:11:26

I'm amazed, frankly, that our parents' generation ever located their arses and distinguished them from their elbows, let alone passed Schools Certificate. They must have all been thick as pigshit. As for our grandparents, they must have left school knowing less than when they went in.

Of course they're bloody easier.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:15:54

someone on newsnight just said a C at gcse english now was essentially an E 20 years ago

i am hollering in agreement at the TV

at the upper end of the scale -brighter kids are being lost in the fuzz

i am glad a level A * is coming in

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:17:20

Isn't there A* already?

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:17:57

Oh sorry, "A-level A*", not "a level A*". Got you.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:19:27

good job i am not doing my english language A level eh?


RustyBear Thu 27-Aug-09 23:19:36

DD's school were trialling A* in a few subjects last year (none that she did)and I thought it was coming in this year, but maybe it's still on trial.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:21:12

it's in this year rusty

ds will be in the first year...nervous but more taxing

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:21:14

I wasn't picking holes in your grammar, NotanOtter, I was explaining my own misunderstanding!

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:21:37

cambridge offers will all be A*AA

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:22:20

UQ i was jesting wink

in my day english a level meant lit!!!

UnquietDad Thu 27-Aug-09 23:22:49

I think Oxbridge will go back to having its own entrance exam. I did the Oxford entrance exam and found it a lot harder than my A-Levels ever were.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:26:09

yes UQD i wonder that they have not already

the 3 A 's candidates must span a huge ability range now

Lilymaid Thu 27-Aug-09 23:28:56

I remember the classic Oxford entrance general paper question: "How do Martians know that we are playing games". You had 45 minutes (of a 4 question 3 hour paper) to work that one through.
A* ought to encourage a lot of clever lazy types to work a little harder - it is too easy to get an A.

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:38:57

agree lilymaid

tethersend Thu 27-Aug-09 23:40:28

Wasn't there that question (can't remember where from; think Oxbridge entrance exam of some sort?):

Q: Is this a question?

To which a student responded:

Yes, if this is an answer.

RustyBear Thu 27-Aug-09 23:42:24

I remember someone telling me she had the question "Why do people leave umbrellas in public conveniences?" for her Oxford Entrance.

She wrote an inspired piece about the relaxed state of mind induced by bodily functions, only to discover when talking it over with other candidates afterwards that the question had actually said "public conveyances"

She did not get offered a place...

1dilemma Thu 27-Aug-09 23:42:44

lol lilymaid I love those kind of questions great range of possible answers and my 6 yr old could get so into that one!

NotanOtter Thu 27-Aug-09 23:52:06

allegedly they do not do any of those obscure mind bending questions even at interview these days

they have to concentrate so hard on finding out who really is clever enough to be there

RustyBear Thu 27-Aug-09 23:56:28

DS's friend was asked for the 'approximate value of pi' at his Oxford interview.

He gave it - to 50 places...

senua Thu 27-Aug-09 23:56:30

OP: one of NAGTY's definitions of Giftedness used to be 'eight or more A/A* at GCSE'. This was in the days when Giftedness was defined as 5%.

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