It is said that the new scale is necessary as GCSEs have become more demanding and so using numbers is intended to distinguish the achievements of high-attaining students.
The New Scale:
It is important to note that the old and new GCSE grading scales do not directly align.
- Grades 9 to 7 range from A* to A
- Grades 6 to 4 range from B to C
- Grades 3 to 1 range from D to G
The Department for Education will recognise grade 4 as a 'standard pass', what is required to be reached in English and Mathematics so that no re-take is necessary.
A grade 5 or above is the governments definition of a 'strong pass', and ideally all students should be aiming for a 5 or above.