GCSE Examination Statement
We have now reached the end of a range of unprecedented curriculum reforms at both GCSE and A-Level. All GCSE specifications have now been re-written to be more rigorous, and coursework in many subjects has been reduced or removed altogether. The other major change to these reformed GCSEs is the new grading scale of 9-1.
This change is being made to allow for greater differentiation between pupils at the higher grades, as well as raising the bar as to what a good pass is; under the old system a good pass was a C, but now the Department for Education (DfE) has made a clear distinction between a standard (4) and strong (5) pass under the new grading scale.