According to Ofqual, just 3% of pupils will obtain the highest grade when the new GCSE English and Maths exams are introduced in 2017. It is intended that having a small number of students that achieve ‘Grade 9’ will help to provide greater differentiation between the best results.
Head Teachers who are concerned that students may be disadvantaged by the change in grading will be pleased to find out that there are anchor points between the old and new systems. In the new grading system, the top three grades will replace A* and A grades. The bottom of the Grade 1 band will align with the lower band of Grade G, and the Grade C boundary will be equivalent to the Grade 4 band.
The new GCSEs in English, English Language, and Maths will be taught in schools from September 2015, with syllabuses expected to be with schools sometime this term.