GCSE changes explained

GCSE Grades are changing in England

New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G. Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.

The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.

Progress 8

Progress 8 is a new measure of school performance. It replaces the previous measure of 5A*-C including English and maths, and shows how well pupils of all abilities have progressed, compared to pupils with similar academic starting points in other schools.

Attainment 8 

Attainment 8 is the new system for measuring your school’s performance at GCSE. It is based on your students' performance across eight key subjects. Schools need to ensure they are offering students a broad and balanced curriculum to achieve strong Attainment 8 results.

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