Assessment and Grading at KS4

GCSE, AS and A level reforms in England

New GCSE grading structure

 

See details below about the government's reform of assessment and grading at KS4 details of the grade transition from A*-G to 1-9 in GCSEs.

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Reformed GCSEs will be introduced gradually over three years from September 2015. They will be graded from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G.
 
Students taking GCSEs over this period will therefore receive a mixture of 9 to 1 and A* to G grades.
 
Students will not lose out as a result of the changes.
 
We will use a statistical method (known as comparable outcomes) in 2017 so that:

 

  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above

  • broadly the same proportion of students will achieve a grade 7 and above as currently achieve a grade A and above

  • the bottom of grade 1 will be aligned with the bottom of grade G

  • grade 5 will be awarded to around the top third of students gaining the equivalent of a grade C and bottom third of a grade B. This has been defined as a good pass by the Department for Education.