English and mathematics GCSEs changed in 2017, with more demanding content and a new grading structure (now in the second year). For the first time, in 2017 English and mathematics GCSEs were marked using new 9-1 grades, replacing A* - G. This year many other subjects are also moving to the new grading system, with all subjects using number grades by next year (present year 10s)
How do they compare?
In the new system, there are more grades.
This year the new grades will be ‘anchored’ to old grades, so that the national picture is broadly similar for how many students get:
- grade 1 or better (was G or better)
- grade 4 or better (was C or better)
- grade 7 or better (was A or better)
A ‘standard pass’ will be set at Grade 4, the old Grade C
A ‘good pass’ will be set at Grade 5, higher than the old standard, Grade C.
Grades 7-9 replace the previous A and A*
Minimum Progress Grades, Current grades and Predicted Grades
Minimum Progress grades (MPG) - these grades are arrived at with reference to your KS2 SATs results and represent the average grade in that subject which someone with your KS2 results would be likely to get. You should view this as a minimum – many students make accelerated progress through KS3 and 4 and with hard work and good teaching you can quickly ‘beat the average’.
Current Grades – these grades represent the level at which your teachers think you are currently working. At the start of year 10 they may be well below your MPG but as we move nearer to the final exams many of you will find that you are matching or exceeding your MPG. Keep working to get the best grade you possibly can, with hard work it is possible, in fact probable, that you will improve on your current grade when it comes to your final grade.
Predicted Grades – we don’t use predicted grades, they can lead to you thinking you have a grade ‘in the bag’ or make you feel that a better grade is not achievable. If you need to put them onto a sixth form application you should look at your current grades and think about where you feel you can still improve – be optimistic but also realistic. Discuss with your teachers or Miss Ward if you need further guidance. It is your actual final grades not predictions which will determine whether you get onto courses or not.