Private schools downplay GCSE grade 9 to ease pressure on ‘perfectionist’ pupils

The TES is reporting that with the intention of protecting students’ mental health, private schools are downplaying the importance of the new GCSE grade 9 to parents and pupils.

Caroline Jordan, president of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and head of Headington School for girls in Oxford, said she would not be using 9s when sharing target grades with parents and pupils.  

A number of independent girls’ schools are also doing the same, she added. 

At the GSA annual conference next week, Ms Jordan will say she is concerned that the shift to numerical grades will place additional pressure on “pupils with a tendency towards perfectionism”.

Prior to the event, she told TES: “We don’t want to put girls under too much pressure. We want to make sure that we are not making life even more difficult for young people.”

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