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The new GCSE grading system for England and Wales that has been introduced is creating mixed feelings among parents, teachers and students; however there are students that are confused and worried about it.

The new GCSE grading system, as set by the DfE (Department of Education) changes the grades from A*- F to 9-1, but only for Maths and English for the 2017 exams. In 2019, most other subjects will have changed to this new grading system as well, but many students and adults feel like having different subjects having different grades is too confusing. Some students already feel worried about SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels, but with the introduction of the new GCSE grading system, students are becoming even more confused and feel like the changes have been useless. They have been introduced to make GCSEs more challenging and to also address areas that have been failing. These have been changed by the entire study programme and exam formats.

One Year 11 student has reported:

“I think it’s pointless as nobody knows how it works or what the equivalents are. The first year is complicated as both students and teachers are confused.”

Another Year 11 has also reported:

“It’s really confusing” as it’s difficult to understand.

All UK Year 11 students will have to deal with this change, as well as course work being removed. Students are even more confused by the conversion rate not being 100% accurate, which, according to Laura McInerney, was a deliberate design choice by the government.

As a result of feeling more nervous, students have even been reported to break down in class and cry in the toilets (according to The Mirror). Another result is that students work too hard from stress and exhaust themselves with revision, as well as the new GCSE content being more challenging, which has put pressure on many students. 

Author: Daniel Star
Editors: Daniel Star & Mrs Kidd