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 Post subject: GCSE's 2017/ 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:48 pm 

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Does anyone know how the GCSE's are meant to be different for those DC's sitting them in 2018?

 Post subject: Re: GCSE's 2017/ 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:02 pm 

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https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/ ... cse-reform

Here is the 'spin' ..

For actual syllabuses look at exam board websites for more details.

 Post subject: Re: GCSE's 2017/ 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:34 am 

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There are lots of changes. Here are some key points:
• Grades re-numbered – 9 is to be the top grade and 1 is to be the lowest (except for U). There is to be more granularity at the top end and less at the lower end. So what is now A or A* will be 7, 8 or 9. What is now C or B will be 4,5 or 6.
• Changes will be made to Maths, English Language and English Literature in summer 2017 (affecting current year 9 and younger) and other subjects in summer 2018 (affecting current year 8 and younger.
• Reduction in continuous assessment – wherever possible 100% of the marks must come from formal examinations sat in the same exam season. Obviously not all subjects can be assessed entirely by written exams.
• Subject-specific changes to make them “better”; e.g. in Maths (my area of interest) more problem solving.
• Exams in summer only; no winter exams. The only exceptions to this are for Maths and English Language where candidates who were 16 by the previous August can take these in November.
• International GCSE will not count towards the school’s statistics. This change is being phased in on a subject-by-subject basis and is already in effect for English Language.
• Maths will count double (i.e. as 2 GCSEs) to the school’s statistics because so much more content is being added. NB – it only counts as 1 GCSE for the student. It is not clear which subjects will suffer because of the increased teaching hours needed for Maths; it’s also not clear where the extra Maths teachers will come from.

There is a thread “new Maths GCSE” which includes some more information.

I hope this helps.

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