Oasis statement on GCSE exams and Vocational Subjects
As you will know, the Government has now updated its advice following the cancellation of this summer’s GCSE and A level examinations. In essence:
- Examination boards will ask teachers to submit their judgement (using such information as the mock examinations and non-examination assessments) on the grade that they believe a student would have attained if the exams had gone ahead.
- The exam boards will look at these judgements alongside other data including the students’ prior attainment and the national distribution of examination grades in previous years.
From this process, students will be awarded a “calculated grade”, sometime before the end of July. Students will have the right to appeal against the grade awarded or to sit the examination once schools re-open. There will also be an option to take an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to. This proposal will now be discussed with teachers’ representatives. There will be no performance tables published for 2020.
The full article can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced
The exam boards themselves have also committed to giving Oasis regular updates once Ofqual have provided them with more details. In the meantime, we believe that the key message for our students are to to treat the next few months as if you they were preparing for the examinations. Students will have the opportunity to sit an examination and that their attitude towards their work over the next few months will play a part in their teacher’s assessment of their calculated grade.
What is Progress 8?
From 2016 all students and schools will be measured on how much progress they make from when they start year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of year 11. It is based on progress across 8 subjects across a broad and balanced curriculum.
Scores will always be determined by dividing the student's points total by 10 (the 8 qualifications with English and Mathematics counting for double) regardless of how many qualifications are sat.
Below is a 3 minute video from the DfE to help explain Progress 8 further.
What is Attainment 8?
Attainment 8 is similar to Progress 8, however this measures attainment rather than progress accross the years over the same 8 subjects.
How does the new GCSE assessment system work?
Many of you will know that the courses and exams for GCSE students were recently changed. The reason is to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to suceed and be graded fairly. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest educational systems throughout the world.
- GCSEs in England will have a new scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest)
- The old GCSE grading system do not directly compare, however alignments can be made between the letters A*-F and the Scale 9-1
- They have been designed this way to differentiate between student performance, and support those students who sit at the top of their grade banding
Please see this short video from AQA to help you understand how the grade system translates.