New GCSE grading system causing ‘uncertainty’ for schools.

‘Reforms to the GCSE grading system in England has created "huge uncertainty" for schools, the NASUWT union says.

The union says the new 9-1 GCSE grades will increase the pressure on pupils and narrow the range of educational opportunities for young people.

The new grading system is being phased in from this summer, starting with maths and English, with grades 9-1 replacing grades A*-G.

The government maintains the changes will drive up standards.

Education Secretary Justine Greening says a grade four will be seen as a "standard pass" and a grade five as a "strong pass". - BBC News

NASUWT delegates say they do not know where the goalposts are under new GCSEs.

Uncertainty about new-style GCSE grades means some pupils will be entered for the wrong maths papers this summer, a union conference has heard.

There have already been fears that employers do not understand the new system, and Sally Collier, the chief executive of the exams regulator Ofqual, has said that communicating the changes is a “big job”.

Now, delegates at the NASUWT conference have called for the government and Ofqual to give “urgent clarification” on the criteria for the new grading system for all subjects.’ – TES

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