Almost half of HR professionals unaware of new GCSE grading

A new poll by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that almost half of HR professionals do not know about the new GCSE grading system.

This week’s results ushered in a new era, with the old A* to G format replaced by Grades 9-1, starting with English, English Literature and Maths. The idea behind the change is to make it simpler for higher education institutions and employers differentiate between students of different skills and abilities.

However, the CIPD poll showed that 48% of those who took part were not aware of the alteration to the system, with 41% declaring that they did know about it.

Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the CIPD, said this was “concerning”. – Personnel Today

“As the new system is phased in, it’s crucial that employers get up to speed as quickly as possible, particularly if they recruit people direct from school, offer internships, work experience places or apprenticeships,” she said.

“HR professionals have an important role to play in educating and communicating with those who recruit in their organisation about what the changes are and what they mean.

“The changes will likely have an impact on recruitment processes; for instance, IT systems may need to be changed so that forms can accept letters as well as numbers, and so other teams will need to be included in that conversation.”

A busy fortnight for The Manchester College has seen improvements in A-Level and GCSE results. For the second year running, more students at the College are going into further study or work than any other institution in Greater Manchester. The College also enjoyed its most significant improvement yet for those achieving grades A*-B.

And in the face of the most the challenging GCSE exams in 30 years, 16-18 year-old students at the College achieved an impressive 25% increase in English 9-1 (A*-E) passes.

Elsewhere, Linda Dean, Managing Director of Total People, was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester about the opportunities offered by Apprenticeships for people who have secured positive results and may be seeking an alternative to further and higher education.

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