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Posted on: 20/05/2019

New GCSE fact sheet for parents

A new Department for Education fact sheet for parents on changes to GCSEs in England has been produced.

Main points included in the sheet are:

  • New GCSEs in England have a 9 to 1 grading scale
  • Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students than the old A*.
  • The first exams in new GCSEs for English language, English literature and Maths were sat in summer 2017. A further 20 new GCSEs were examined for the first time in 2018, and in summer 2019 there will be 25 new GCSEs examined for the first time. For GCSEs in a small number of languages new exams will be sat for the first time in 2020, but most students will have all their GCSEs graded 9 to 1 in 2019.
  • The new GCSE grading scale is not directly equivalent to the old A* to G. However, there are some comparable points between the old grades and the new ones, as the diagram shows:

The full fact sheet can be found on .

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