The TES is reporting research that suggests more than four out of 10 teachers say they do not understand the new 9-1 grading system that will be introduced at GCSE…
A survey by YouGov on behalf of Ofqual, the exams watchdog, has revealed widespread confusion over the new numbered grading scale due to come in by 2017, with two-thirds (64 per cent) of students and more than half of parents (54 per cent) stating they did not understand it.
In contrast, two out of three heads said they understood it, while a fifth said they didn’t…
…the YouGov survey of 3,192 people – including 241 heads, 704 teachers, 324 students and 353 parents or carers – suggests the government needs to do more to communicate how the system will work.
“The level of understanding of the new 9-1 grading scale is low amongst young people and parents and not as widespread as may be expected amongst teaching professionals,” the report adds.
The research also revealed that heads, teachers, students and parents were losing faith in GCSEs and A-levels overall, with more than half of heads (52 per cent) stating they felt the standard of marking had deteriorated in the past year…
I completely get the lack of awareness amongst the general population, including parents and pupils, but over 40% of teachers saying they don’t understand the new system? That’s worrying.
Surely whether you support the change to the new system or not, it’s not that hard to understand, is it?
Beyond the new grading, there are lots of additional insights into perceptions or A levels and GCSEs in the report, including the fact that GCSEs and A levels remain trusted by most groups but also the not surprising finding that 74 per cent of teachers and 86 per cent of heads feel there has been too much change in GCSEs.
Anything you would pick up from this and what do you think Ofqual/the DfE needs to do to get the awareness levels of the new system much better understood, both inside and outside of the teaching profession?
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