Edexcel GCSE Sciences (2016)
Helping centres track student progress
In the hundreds of conversations we’ve had with you about the new 2016 GCSEs, the question of how you’ll track students’ progress over the first two to three years of GCSE study is a recurring theme.
To help you with this, in May 2017 we provided a free Year 10 Exam, externally marked by our examining team. Almost 80,000 candidates nationwide sat the exam and the results have provided some robust data and analysis to share with you. It is important to note that the results do not count towards a student's GCSE result, however, they will provide ALL schools with a useful check on how well students are progressing.
Download the report
(Please note, we are sending a printed version to all schools early October).
The exams (Year 10 Progress Assessments)
- The exams were sat in conditions that mirror those at GCSE.
- Written and marked in exactly the same way as the live papers. You can find further information on the design of our GCSE papers below
- Papers were available at both Foundation and Higher tier, to help inform tier entry decisions for the live GCSE exams in 2018.
Further information on the design of our GCSE papers
Getting the most from the results
Whether you took part in the exam or not, please look out for the detailed report on the results that will be available later next week
Yes! The Edexcel Year 10 exam was the only year 10 science exam this year that was sat in exam conditions and externally marked by examiners. The results will give the best indication of how students across the country are progressing with the new (9-1) qualification. This will provide a useful comparison with your own students’ progress and highlight areas where all students may need extra support. It’s not too late to test your students - see ‘using the year 10 papers with your students’ below.
The results for students who sat the exam will be available through Edexcel online and EDI.
By using our ResultsPlus analysis tool, schools taking part in the exam will be able to identify their students’ strengths and inform where students need more support and practice. You will also be able to see how a student has performed against the full cohort taking the exam, with a ventile scale for each foundation tier and higher tier (see our FAQs for information on ventiles and how they are calculated). The data will indicate particular questions and question types where performance was generally stronger or weaker than might have been expected, which could help to provide a focus for revision.
All this information, summarising the full cohorts performance will be contained in our final results report and examiners reports. These will be useful for all schools.
No - we are not providing grade boundaries for the Year 10 Science exams. There are a number of points to bear in mind when analysing data from mock exams, e.g. students may not yet have completed the full course of study, age plays a part, or some students may have sat question papers at an inappropriate tier.
It would be misleading for us to set grade boundaries for these exams. In summer 2018, grade boundaries for GCSE (9-1) Science will be set by all awarding bodies using statistical data about the prior attainment of the national cohort. If we were to carry out modelling based on the sub-set of students who have sat our mock exams, it would only be a best guess, and you as teachers could not rely on the information as an accurate reflection of performance, or to predict boundaries for this summer. To learn more about the problems with grade boundary predictions, read Ofqual's blog.
If you have any further questions please do get in touch at TeachingScience@pearson.com.
If you wish to use these papers with your students, there is still an opportunity to get some analysis of your students’ progress, using ResultsPlus Mock Analysis, our free online results analysis tool. You simply need to mark the Year 10 papers or any other of our sample assessment materials your students have sat and load the results at question-level into ResultsPlus to receive a rich analysis of your students’ results question by question, along with a skills breakdown of their performance. The results will help you to identify students’ strengths and inform where students need more support and practice.
Read about how to use ResultsPlus Mock Analysis
No. This exam was put in place to support schools in preparing for the first GCSE (9-1) Science exam series in 2018.
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