New GCSE Grade System

The Government have changed the grading system for all GCSE and BTEC subjects. The new grading system will be numerical "9 to 1" with 9 being the highest. This will replace the current grades of A* to G.

Below is a table comparing the existing system with the new numerical system.

Grade

Number

A*
U
9
M
L
8
A
U
M
7
L
B
U
6
M
L
5
C
U
M
4
L
D
U
3
M
L
E
U
2
M
L
F

1
G

Timetable for Changes

2016: Last year's results were all A* to G.

2017: English Language, English Literature and Mathematics only will move to the new grades: 9 to 1

2018: The vast majority of subjects will all move to 9 to 1

College and Post 16

The grades you receive for certain subjects will affect what you have to study at college and post 16.

2016: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade C

2017: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 4

2018: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 4

2019: Pupils must continue to study English and Maths if they do not achieve a grade 5

This is the latest information as at June 2017.

New Accountability Measures for Schools and Academies

What are Progress 8 and Attainment 8?

Progress 8 is the new accountability measure aimed at measuring the progress of pupils for all grades across a full range of 8 subjects.

It is a type of value added measure, meaning that pupils' results are compared to the achievements of other 'similar' pupils and measures how far a pupil's results are above or below their "expected outcome".

Attainment 8 looks at the actual results and total score of a pupil across the range of 8 different subjects.