As suggested by Ofqual, this year’s GCSE results have seen more variance than in previous years. This may cause fluctuations in forthcoming school league tables but experts were correct to predict that overall grade averages would remain relatively stable.
In fact, A* to C grades across the board rose 0.7% on last year, and there was a significant improvement in maths results where A* to C grades increased by 4.8%. However, there was a 0.3% decrease in pass rates overall, and a 1.9% reduction in the number of A* to C grades for English, which is likely to have been influenced by the elimination of some teacher assessment elements and changes within the curriculum.
The volatility seen has been attributed to the various changes in education policy that have taken place over the last year, the most notable of these being this shift in assessment from modular units to final exams. The reduction in candidates taking exams at a younger age is also thought to have had an effect on statistics.
The fact that GCSEs now rely so heavily on final exams, enforces what we are doing here at bksb – our newly enhanced GCSE eLearning solution will give schools the opportunity to support learners and ensure that they are ready for every element of their English and maths exams.