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Assessment and the New GCSEs

New GCSEs are being introduced by the government and will be sat for the first time in the summer of 2017. This is the same for all schools in the country. The new GCSEs will be graded on a scale from 1-9: grade 9 being the highest, grade 1 being the lowest. At KS3, Fortismere will now be using the 1-9 grading system in line with the new grades at GCSE. This means that students will hear the same assessment language throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.

The table below shows how the new 1-9 grading compares to the old grading:

GCSE Grades Comparison

The 1-9 grades will be fine-graded (similar to National Curriculum levels having a, b and c) as:

b

beginning

d

developing

s

secure

e

expert

So, for example, a 3b would be grade 3 beginning.

Summary for Students in Each Year Group (from September 2016):

Students in Year 11 - will take their final exams in 2017. In English and Maths, new GCSE grades will be 1-9. In all other GCSE subjects, grades A*-G will be awarded.

Students in Year 10 - have just chosen their KS4 Options and will take their final exams in 2018. Most of their subjects will be graded 1-9 from the beginning of their KS4 course. 

Students in Year 9 - will take their final exams in 2019. All of their subjects will be graded 1-9.

Students in Year 8 - will take their final exams in 2020. All of their subjects will be graded 1-9.

Students in Year 7 - will take their final exams in 2021. All their subjects will be graded 1-9.

 

Departmental Grade Descriptors

Each Department has defined the skills that will be covered at each grade.  Please click on the subject below for more information.

Art Grade Descriptors

Computing Grade Descriptors

Design & Technology Grade Descriptors

Drama Grade Descriptors

English Grade Descriptors

Geography Grade Descriptors

History Grade Descriptors

Maths Grade Descriptors

Modern Languages Grade Descriptors - Listening & Reading

Modern Languages Grade Descriptors - Speaking & Writing

Music Grade Descriptors

PE Grade Descriptors

RS Grade Descriptors

Science Grade Descriptors

Wellbeing Grade Descriptors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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