Teenagers braced for GCSE misery as experts predict fewer than 1,000 pupils will achieve top grades

Mail Online | 8/21/2019 | Eleanor Harding Education Editor For The Daily Mail
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Pupils are braced for the toughest GCSE results day to date with fewer than 1,000 expected to achieve the clean sweep of top grades favoured by Oxbridge.

Half a million 16-year-olds will today collect their results after becoming the first year-group whose exams were almost all in the tougher new format.

Content - Coursework - Exams - End - Courses

The content has been made more challenging, with less coursework, and exams at the end of the two-year courses, rather than throughout.

The new 9-1 grading system replaces A* to E and allows greater differentiation between grades. It means it is harder to score a clean sweep of the highest possible grades.

Yesterday - Head - Teachers - Parents - Children

Yesterday, head teachers warned parents not to make their children feel like 'failures' if they miss out on all grade 9s – with less than 0.2 per cent expected to achieve this.

And teaching unions said low-ability pupils were so 'demoralised' by the new exams this year that some refused to sit them.

Experts - GCSEs - Farce - Exam - Boards

Some experts have labelled the new GCSEs a farce, because exam boards have been ordered to set the grade boundaries low so that students are 'not disadvantaged' by the exams being harder.

After this fiddling around, 20 per cent of entries will get at least a grade 7 – equivalent to the old A –while two thirds will get at least a 4, equivalent to the old C.

Aspect - Differentiation - A - A* - Grade

The toughest aspect is the greater differentiation at the top, with 7, 8 and 9 replacing the old A and A* and the grade 9 representing the very top portion of the old A*.

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