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Simple explanation of new GCSE grades

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Russellgroupserf Wed 16-Dec-15 18:53:31

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
We have had school tracker progress report home and it is sadly lacking in explaining the new grading system for the new style GCSE, DS will be in the first year taking these new style exams.

startwig1982 Wed 16-Dec-15 19:16:06

Instead of grades it's now numbers. 1 to 9 where 9 is like an A** and 1 is like a G.

BlueSmarties76 Wed 16-Dec-15 19:35:27


triceratops1066 Thu 17-Dec-15 08:44:09

I think that a B equivalent will now be the new 'pass' rate or grade needed to go onto A levels rather than the old C.

Also not all the GCSEs are changing at once. I think they are starting with maths and english

YeOldeTrout Thu 17-Dec-15 09:38:38

We got Blue Smarties chart, too.We were told, mapping new to old
9: high A*
8: low A*/ high A
7: low A / high B
6: mid B
5: low B / high C
4: low C
3: D/ high E
2: E / F
1: F / G

Will the do decimal points later, I wonder? like "5.5" etc.

Russellgroupserf Thu 17-Dec-15 15:34:28

Thanks to everyone for replying. It's only just really sinking in how little we know about this.

I am mighty peeved that my DS is in the first year of the new system, there are bound to be issues.

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Dec-15 15:45:28

In future years you will need a 5 to not have to resit maths and English in sixth form. Because this is a shambles, for the first few years you will not have to resit if you get a 4. Hence the original cohorts will be disadvantaged against those sitting further down the line.

YeOldeTrout Thu 17-Dec-15 15:52:42

...except for those who don't go to 6th form at all, I suppose.

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Dec-15 16:00:20

Wherever they go they have to resit maths and English if they don't pass, as far as I'm aware.

YeOldeTrout Thu 17-Dec-15 17:35:07

Not the NEETs they dont...

noblegiraffe Thu 17-Dec-15 18:34:06

Yeah but the NEETs don't do anything.

titchy Thu 17-Dec-15 19:17:11

That's the definition of a NEET trout!!!!

LuluJakey1 Thu 17-Dec-15 19:20:22

Here you go.

YeOldeTrout Thu 17-Dec-15 19:55:40

Most NEETs move on & get employment eventually.
Plenty of holes in the net.
I'm sure that there are lots of paths that people will follow which won't involve resits, even if their X-subject was below Y-threshold, it won't matter.
Some of the NEETs got grades >= 5, too like DS.

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