Explaining the 1-9 system- moving away from A*-G in GCSE:

Traditional A*-G grades have been replaced by a numerical system that scores students on a scale from 1-9.  GCSE results day 2017 saw students pick up numbered results in maths, English language and English literature only. All other subjects will follow suit for results in 2018. The reformed assessments promise to be more demanding with less reliance on coursework. Students will also be required to sit all their exams at the end of Year 11, rather than in separate bite-sized modules. Education chiefs have promised that the new system will remain largely in step with the familiar A*-G boundaries. But it will be extremely hard for pupils to gain straight 9s, which are a step above A*s. The 1 grade equates to a high G or low F.

Here is a breakdown of what each numbered grade means. In SBN we will be using fine-tuned grades as below to closely monitor progress and help stretch students into the next grade, or support them to move into a more secure grade, but final awarded grades will be full numbers- not –  =  or +