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Recruiting new school leavers? Know the new grading system

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The educational grading system for GCSE“s changed this year and as an employer you should know how to interpret the new results. You will start to receive CV’s with these new grades at some point when recruiting so ensure you know what they mean!


The following information is taken from a recent The Telegraph online article (to read the full article, click here)


So, what's the new grading system?


New GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths were launched in September 2015 in schools in England, with the first qualifications due to be awarded in August 2017. Courses will be taken over the full two years, rather than by modular assessment.


One of the main differences with these GCSEs will be the grading system. No longer will these qualifications be graded A/B/C, students will - in 2017 - receive a grade between 1-9, with 9 being the highest grade awarded.


It is thought that roughly the same number of students will achieve a grade 4 and above as currently achieve a grade C and above, while the top 20 per cent of those who get a grade 7 and above, will get a grade 9.


Grade 5 - equivalent to a low B or high C - will be the new benchmark for a "good pass" required by league tables, where currently the required grade is C. This, the Government says, will bring the country in line with some of the top performing education systems around the world.


It is hoped that this new grading will introduce greater differentiation between high performing students and will also mark out the new GCSEs from their older counterparts.


In 2017, students collected their results receiving a mixture of the old-style grades and the new numerical system.


By 2019, all pupils will be graded with a 1-9. 

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