Incoming ASCL general secretary warns of confusion over new GCSE grading system

Teenagers could miss out on sixth-form places, and schools could lose funding, due to uncertainty over new GCSE grades, the general secretary-elect says.


There is a lack of clarity over changes to GCSE grades with many people still in the dark over what will be considered a "good" pass, according to the next leader of the Association of School and College Leaders.


Under major reforms to the qualifications, traditional A*-G grades are being phased out and from this summer pupils will see their maths and English GCSEs graded 9-1 – with 9 the highest result. Other subjects will follow suit over the next two years. 


Supporters have argued that the move is necessary to allow more differentiation between students – but Geoff Barton, who becomes the ASCL union's leader next month, said more communication is needed.


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