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.
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 resit GCSE English and Maths if they do not achieve level 4
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.