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Predicting GCSE's

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Chopz Sun 27-Dec-15 23:50:42

DS is in year 8. His Xmas report stated he was working at the equivalent of GCSE grade C/D in most subjects. What does this mean in terms of GCSE results in year 11. TIA

LIZS Mon 28-Dec-15 13:20:29

It doesn't tbh. All it means is they have covered the foundation level work so could theoretically pass now, but as the system and syllabus is changing, grades become 1-9 and results more based on end of y11 exams, it is a moveable feast.

ifonly4 Mon 28-Dec-15 21:13:32

In year 9 my DD was told their level improves roughly a grade a year. I don't know how correct this is though.

Chopz Tue 29-Dec-15 00:07:49

Thankyou.

enderwoman Tue 29-Dec-15 16:24:55

Our school plots the child on a flightpath. Basically there's a curve for each grade and in theory you can see if the child continues at the same pace where they'll be by GCSE.

bojorojo Tue 29-Dec-15 17:00:55

I think there are too many variables even to predict in Y10 for some children. Who can predict when the exams for the new syllabi have never been sat before and there are new grades with new progress assessments? Also, children do not learn in a perfect curve. There are great leaps forward and a few steps back along the way. Or vice versa! It is probably more accurate to know where your child sits in the cohort and what type of results the school normally get from that section of the cohort but take your child's strengths and any weaknesses into account and the fact that in some subjects it will be harder to get top grades. I was thankful my DD's school never gave predictions lower down the school!

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