What new GCSEs will look like

The main features of the new GCSEs are:

  1. A new grading scale of 9 to 1 will be used, with 9 being the top grade. This will allow greater differentiation between students and will help distinguish the new GCSEs from previous versions.
  2. Assessment will be mainly by exam, with other types of assessment used only where they are needed to test essential skills.
  3. There will be new, more demanding content, which has been developed by government and the exam boards.
  4. Courses will be designed for two years of study – they will no longer be divided into different modules and students will take all their exams in one period at the end of their course.
  5. Exams can only be split into ‘foundation tier’ and ‘higher tier’ if one exam paper does not give all students the opportunity to show their knowledge and abilities.
  6. Resit opportunities will only be available each November in English language and maths

9 things to know about the new GCSE grades

  1. GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.
  2. New GCSE content will be more challenging.
  3. Fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s.
  4. English language, English literature and maths were the first to be graded from 9 to 1 in 2017.
  5. Another 20 subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019. During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.
  6. The new grades are being brought in to signal that GCSEs have been reformed and to better differentiate between students of different abilities.
  7. In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, broadly the same proportion of students will get a grade 4 or above as would have got a grade C or above in the old system.
  8. These changes are only happening in England. Wales and Northern Ireland are not introducing the new 9 to 1 grading scale as part of their changes to GCSEs.
  9. You can see how the 9 to 1 grades compare with the A* to G scale in Ofqual’s  GCSE grading postcard.

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May 14, 2021

Athletics

Head of Physical Education, Ms Barrett, tells us about an athletics event that took place through the Manchester Schools’ PE Association: “Last Friday, our Year 9 athletics team had the opportunity to compete against other schools in the annual Manchester Schools’ Athletics competition.  This year, the event was structured differently with the emphasis on participation and […]

May 14, 2021

Creative Writing Competition

Congratulations to a number of Trinity students, whose work has been published in the ‘Connecting Stories’ anthology, following their participation in a creative writing competition. The initiative was funded by Art Council England, with an aim to increase children and young people’s interest in reading and writing, and to promote diverse voices and stories. The […]

May 14, 2021

Face Coverings

As part of the government’s move to Step 3 of the roadmap, from Monday, 17th May, new advice applies to the use of face coverings by staff and students in schools in England. Face coverings will no longer be recommended for students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools. Face coverings will also no […]

May 14, 2021

School Calendar – 2021/2022

The INSET days have now been confirmed for the 2021/22 academic school year and can be seen in the table below. A copy of the calendar can also be downloaded from our website: www.trinityhigh.com/parents/school-calendar/   Read more in our newsletter…