KS3: Swanmore Grades
Along with the changes to the curriculum there has also been a change to the expected method of assessment. Schools are no longer required to use National Curriculum levels and are expected to measure progress in a way that best suits their needs.
To prepare pupils for GCSE study, we are adopting the new numbered GCSE grades at Key Stage 3 also. These have been further sub divided in half and we have named then Swanmore Grades.
0.5 equates to a NC Level 3
5.5 equates to a NC Level 8
with GCSE study giving access to the higher stages.
KS4: GCSE English and Maths examined in 2017 (all other subjects from 2018)
The Department for Education has proposed the following:
- The adoption of a numerical grade scale from 1 to 9 (with 0 for ungraded / fail outcomes), whereby;
- A grade 4 or higher will be achieved by the same proportion of pupils who currently attain a grade C or higher.
- A grade 5 is intended to act as a benchmark against international standards. The proposal is to set this at between half and two-thirds of a grade above the minimum required for a current grade C.
- A grade 7 should be set such that the proportion achieving at grades 7, 8 or 9 should be the same as those who were awarded A or A* in the last year of current GCSE examinations.
- Approximately half of the proportion awarded A* should achieve a grade 9.