Exclusive: Parents and employers will be 'confused' by new numerical GCSE grades, Ofqual chief admits

Sally Collier, chief regulator of Ofqual, has said that communicating the grading changes is a "big job" and will take some time.

 

Some parents and businesses will be "confused" by the new numerical GCSE grades being awarded this summer, the head of England's exams watchdog has admitted.

 

Ofqual has begun a major campaign to raise awareness of the new 9-1 grading scale, which is being phased in from this year to replace A*-G at GCSE.

 

But in her first interview since becoming Ofqual's chief regulator, Sally Collier told Tes that educating the public was a "big" task. 

 

"I think there are more parents and businesses that need to know," she said. "Are they going to be confused? Probably. Is it a big job? Yes. Is it going to take time? Yes.”

 

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