Just before the end of the autumn term 2014 Ofqual published a fact sheet outlining the reforms coming to the GCSE qualifications.

These changes have been debated within secondary schools over the last few terms with a wide range of views expressed!

Some Key Points:

(A) The new GCSE’s in English language, English literature and mathematics will be taught in English schools from September 2015 with first examinations in summer 2017. These results will be published in August 2017.

(B) These new GCSE’s will be more demanding in terms of content. They are designed for two years of study – they will NOT be modular. They are designed to be tested mainly by examination at end of the two years.

(C) The new examinations will have a new grading system. The grades will run from 9 to 1 with 9 being the highest grade. It is intended that this introduce greater differentiation between students.

(D) The only opportunity to ‘resit’ will be in English language and mathematics each November.

(E) In September 2016 new GCSE courses will begin in: geography, history, biology, chemistry, physics, combined science, modern foreign languages, ancient languages, religious studies, design and technology, cooking and nutrition, art and design, drama, music, dance, physical education, computer science, citizenship studies. These new GCSE’s will be examined for the first time in summer 2018.

(F) From September 2017 all other GCSE subjects taught be new – all other current ones will be withdrawn. Any new GCSE’s in this new group will be tested in the summer of 2019.