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When do the new grades come in? The new grades are being phased in, starting with some of this summer's exams. New-style GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths will be taken by the current Year 11 students - these exams will be graded in the new way, with nine as the highest mark and one the lowest.
A four is broadly being compared to a C grade, although the exams watchdog, Ofqual, warns against "direct comparisons and overly simplistic descriptions". For most other subjects - including biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, French, Spanish, religious education, geography, music and history - the new grades will be awarded from the summer of A third wave of graded GCSEs - including psychology, ancient history, business, information and communications technology ICT and media studies - will be taught from September with exams in So some teenagers will have a mix of GSCEs under different marking schemes?
The current Year 10 students will then sit most of their GCSEs under the new system, but they might have some under the old system, for example if they are taking ancient history or ICT, while those pupils now in Year 9 will be fully "moved over" on to the numerical grading system.
Image copyright PA How do the new grades compare to the old ones? Grades six, five and four are in line with B and C grades. A three would be broadly similar to a D grade, with two and one taking in grades E, F and G.
There is still a U ungraded mark. Education Secretary Justine Greening says a grade four will be seen as a "standard pass" and a grade five as a "strong pass". She also says that for school performance tables, the government will publish "standard passes" grade four and above but also the "strong passes" at grade five and above.
Watchdog Ofqual says that, broadly, the same proportion of teenagers will get a grade four and above as currently get a grade C or above.
Chief regulator Sally Collier says students who get a nine will have "performed exceptionally". Won't the first cohort to sit the new exams be disadvantaged? It certainly feels like this and students in the next two year groups are guinea pigs for the new grading system.
However, Ofqual insists these students will not be disadvantaged. Ofqual also says exam boards will use test results from national curriculum tests Sats taken at the end of primary school to predict the likely achievement at the new grades of one, four and seven.
The new GCSEs courses include much less coursework than before, with grades in almost all subjects depending on exams. Courses are designed to be more rigorous with exams taken after two years of study, rather than in modules with exams along the way.
What is happening in Wales? Change is under way in Wales as well as in England. The most significant changes are in English language, Welsh language and mathematics. In all the changed subjects, the new or revised specifications will be the only ones available to state schools in Wales.
They will be delivered by the WJEC examination board. But in Junethis decision was reversed by new Education Minister Peter Weir and pupils will now be allowed to sit GCSE grades from English exam boards giving results using the system.
Scotland has its own system of public examinations:The speaking & writing mark schemes for the GCSE controlled assessments, with key things in bold - I get pupils to use these for self é peer assessment of any writing or speaking work we do, not just the controlled assessments.
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