Exams regulator Ofqual has today (Wednesday 7 September) announced how grade standards will be set in new GCSEs in England, which will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G. This includes how the top grades 8 and 9 will be allocated.
HMC General Secretary Dr William Richardson said:
“Ensuring that the new top grades at GCSE will be fairly awarded to pupils taking the full range of subjects next summer has been a complex problem. This solution is a good example of well-focused research and listening to school-based experts.
“It should mean that pupils can confidently expect the new grading to be as fair as the previous system across all subjects when it comes to awarding top marks.
“However, we would remind universities and employers that the boundary for grade 9 will be set above the old A* grade. As such, we hope and expect that offers of university places and employment will seek to avoid unnecessary additional pressure being placed on students as a result of the new structure.”