3, 2, 1 ………A Better Countdown to GCSE Exams at Ipswich High School

New GCSE exams were taken for the first time this summer in English and Maths. According to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) exam statistics, 2.6% of students got the new grade 9, compared with 4% achieving an A* last year. In Maths, 3.5% achieved got a 9, compared to 7% achieving an A* last year. Only 0.4% of students achieved a clean sweep of 9s across English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. Last year, a greater proportion of students, 1.1% attained A*s across these subjects. Whilst the aim of the GCSE grading changes was to differentiate between the top students, which seems to have been achieved (enabling Oxford and Cambridge University to identify exceptional students), it clearly shows the difficulty in achieving a top grade. We should be slightly cautious of comparing the new reformed GCSEs against historical ones; as they are assessed differently. The new linear based exams are more challenging, as examinations are all sat at the end of the GCSE course, previously they were sat as modules throughout the course. In 2018, Year 11 students [...]

2018-01-11T12:04:31+00:00 October 5th, 2017|