Confusion over numerical GCSE grades sparks publicity drive

A publicity drive is needed to explain the new grades, says Ofqual.


There is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system, says the exams regulator Ofqual.


Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one.


However, around 70% of more than 400 parents and pupils surveyed by Ofqual did not understand the system.


"It is really important we explain the basics, like the fact that nine is the highest grade," said Chief Regulator Sally Collier.


Ofqual wants to raise awareness of the numerical grading system which starts this summer, with candidates who sit new more challenging English and maths GCSEs receiving a mixture of number and letter grades.


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