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GCSE grading changes come into force - how will it affect your recruitment?

Small firms recruiting school leavers this summer will need to get to grips with changes to the GCSE grading system. 

The most notable change will be a switch from the use of letters to numbers, with students receiving grades ranging from 9 to 1, with 1 the equivalent of a current grade G. 

Grades 9 to 4 will cover the four levels which currently exist between A* and C, with the lower end of the new grade 4 corresponding to the bottom of the former grade C. 

Candidates with grades of 7 will have scores that are equivalent to the old grade A. Those with grade 9 are considered exceptional.

 

The new grading system will be used for the first time this summer for English language, English literature and maths. 

All other subjects will retain the old format, and by 2019 it is expected that all subjects will be subject to the new GCSE grading system.

For more information see gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades-coming-soon