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NAHT comment on Ofqual announcement about GCSE grading structure

Exams regulator Ofqual has today (Friday, September 12) confirmed how grading will work when new GCSEs are awarded for the first time.

Following the statement Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary, said: “Ofqual's announcement relating to the new GCSE grading structure, coming into effect from 2017, contains few surprises in the wake of its extensive consultation exercise. NAHT believes that on the whole the proposals are sensible.”

“NAHT continues to have concerns about wider aspects of the reform process. The staged nature of the implementation programme has the potential to prove confusing for parents and employers. In 2017 GCSE candidates will be awarded a combination of numbered and lettered grades

“NAHT understands that examination boards need this but a staged process for developing revised qualifications need not imply a staged implementation process. Unresolved issues remain

“NAHT urges the government to clarify the status of the new grades four and five.

Schools and colleges need to know which will be the threshold for progression to study at A Level and the equivalent. They will also want to know which grade will determine whether students will be obliged to continue studying mathematics and English in the sixth form or college.”

Ofqual's announcement on the new grading system for GCSEs in Englandcan be found here.

Page Published: 12/09/2014

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