GCSE results in maths and English for learners aged 17+

GCSE results in maths and English for learners aged 17+

Well, the results for maths and English GCSE are in with learners in this category doing A*-C resits for the last time.

FEWeek reports that less than 25% have gained a grade C or better in maths (down more than 5% on 2016) and just 29% did this in English (up 2%). Statistics that show why the comments in the survey (below) are so relevant.  FEWeek also has a comment article here.

The BBC started the week by questioning the difference between the two “pass grades”. GCSEs in England are now more challenging, decided by final exams rather than coursework. The first results of these new-style GCSEs being published for English and maths this week showed that:

  • In the higher grade maths paper, Ofqual said that a mark of just 18% was sufficient to be awarded a grade 4 standard pass.
  • In maths, 69% gained a grade 4 or above and just 48% gained a grade 5+
  • In English, 65% gained a grade 4 or above and more than 48% gained a grade 5+

The TES carries a good analysis of pass rates in schools. 

To add to confusion, the Government says that learners with a grade 4 get counted as a “standard” pass, similar to an old grade C. But the researchers say that on average pupils should be achieving a “strong” pass at grade 5, if England is going to keep up with international competitors. It’s also been reported that Level 5 is also being used as the pass mark by some Universities.

Based on the figures this week, only about 40% of pupils in state schools have reached this “world-class standard” of achieving a grade 5 in both maths and English.

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