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Change to GCSE grading

National Changes in GCSE Grades

The grades that students are awarded at GCSE are changing from letter grades (A*-G) to number grades (9-1). This is a national change and affects all schools.

The grading system for BTEC subjects is unchanged and will still be Pass, Merit or Distinction.

A level grades are unaffected by these reforms.

These changes have been introduced gradually by the government, so the situation is different for different year groups at TBCC.

Year 11 in September 2016

These students will take new exams in 2017 in the first reformed GCSEs subjects – English language, English literature and maths and will receive a number grade (9-1). All their other subjects will still use letter grades (A*- G). Their final GCSE certificates in 2017 will have a mixture of number grades and letter grades.

Year 10 and 9 in September 2016

These students have begun the reformed GCSEs in all subjects. As such, their final GCSE certificates, in 2018 and 2019, will comprise of all number grades (9-1).

Year 8 and 7 in September 2016

When these students reach year 9 they will begin reformed GCSEs courses and their GCSE certificates in 2020 and 2021 will comprise of all number grades (9-1).

Grades used in school

When we assess students and report their progress to parents, we will use the new number grade system (9-1) for all subjects in Years 10, 9, 8 and 7. For Year 11 we will use a mix of number grades (9-1) and letter grades (A*-G).

The only exception to this will be for a small number of BTEC subjects.

Year 12 and 13 in September 2016

Students who are resitting English and Maths GCSEs will be awarded letter grades (A*-G).

A level grades are unaffected by these reforms.

Converting between letter grades (A*-G) and number grades (9-1)

Please note that in the old letter grade system (A*-G), a grade C was considered to be a ‘good’ pass.

In the new number grade system (9-1), a grade 5 (which is equivalent to a high grade C) is considered to be a ‘good’ pass

Fine Grades

To help us monitor progress more closely within the school, we use a Fine Grades system where each grade is broken down into 3 sub levels.

For example…

6a - Student is secure at this grade and with intervention may move up to the next grade.

6b - Student is secure in this grade

6c - Student is not secure at this grade and without intervention may slip to the grade below.

This also applies similarly to other grades 8a, 8b, 8c etc

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Fine grades