What do I need to understand about 9-1 for English GCSEs in summer 2017?

Fri Jul 28 14:20:36 UTC 2017

This update summarises the key information you need to understand about 9-1 grading for English GCSEs in summer 2017. 

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Our ‘Understanding 9-1 grades’ webpage provides full information on how the new grading scale for 9-1 will work.

Visit the ‘Understanding 9-1 grades’ webpage.

The table below summarises how 9-1 grades will be awarded including what proportion of students will achieve each grade.

Visit Ofqual's table comparing 9-1 with A*-G.

9-1 GCSE Grade

How is grade boundary set?

How many students will get it?

9

7% + 0.5 x (% of those awarded grade 7 or above)

Around 20% of all GCSE grade entries that achieve Grade 7 or above across all subjects

8

Arithmetically calculated (as they were for A*-G) midway between 7 & 9

 

7

Key boundary primarily statistically driven

Broadly the same proportion of students at national level who achieved grade A and above in the legacy qualification in 2016

6

Arithmetically calculated (as they were for A*-G)

2/3 the difference in marks between 4 & 7

 

5

‘Strong pass’ for performance tables

Arithmetically calculated (as they were for A*-G)

1/3 the difference in marks between 4 & 7

 

4

‘Standard pass’ required for progression by most universities, FE providers & employers. Students achieving 4 will not need to continue studying English post 16.

Key boundary primarily statistically driven

Broadly the same proportion of students at national level who achieved a grade C and above in the legacy qualification in 2016

 

3

Arithmetically

calculated (as they were for A*-G)

 

2

Arithmetically calculated (as they were for A*-G)

 

1

Key boundary primarily statistically driven

Broadly the same proportion of students at national level who achieved a grade G and above in the legacy qualification in 2016

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Clare Haviland, English subject advisor
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