Teachers confused over new numerical GCSE grading system

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…

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See the full research report from ofqual at: Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in England – Wave 13

 

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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Comments

  1. Snorrarcisco

    SchoolsImprove no one understands it and better no one is ready for the no levels grading that will be nuts

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Trouble is that Ofqual have no idea how the new grading system works, so how is everyone else expected to? Utter shambles

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Trouble is that Ofqual have no idea how the new grading system works, so how is everyone else expected to? Utter shambles

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Fact that only English & Maths will have new numerical system initially will only add to confusion. Dog’s dinner politics

  5. @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove In 2017, the GCSE cohort in England will receive some results graded A*-G and others graded 9-1.  Normally if anything’s described as Grade 1, we consider it to be top quality.  But Grade 1 will be the lowest grade.  Result – confusion all round.

  6. Anand_Mistry99

    Herts1125 9=A* 8=A 2=G 1=U ? What’s so hard evict except that this system promotes grade inflation.

  7. Anand_Mistry99

    Herts1125 9=A* 8=A 2=G 1=U ? What’s so hard evict except that this system promotes grade inflation.

  8. Nairb

    You’re assuming that the revised shambles simply substitutes a number for a corresponding letter. This is not the case, hence the considerable confusion. If it was as easy as you suggest them something tells me that schools would have spotted it by now and that the exam authorities wouldn’t be scrambling around trying to moderate the exam levels.

  9. egaliteacher

    SchoolsImprove this is more confusing as these reforms seem rushed with some subjects converted to numbers and others still with letters.

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