GCSE Measures – Changes

Posted by Suzanne Alexander

School Performance measures are changing.  The great results for SWRA from the summer were published in mid October.  This information was published by the DFE for all schools in the form of Unvalidated School Performance Tables on 13th October.  This information is now released before the 31st October deadline for parents to apply to secondary schools so that it can inform their decisions about school choice.

Progress 8 is now one of the four key school Performance Measures which replace 5+A*-C including English and Maths.

The DFE has produced a three minute video introducing this new measure and explaining how it is calculated – see below:


DFE Progress 8 explained in 3 minutes Video (click to watch)


GCSE, AS & A Level Reforms

There are a huge number of changes to GCSEs,  GCSE grading, A Levels which parents will have to absorb.  The DFE has produced a presentation to help guide you through the changes:

Presentation on GCSE, AS and A Level Reforms (click to read)

Schools are no longer judged on the headline measure of 5+ A*-C including English and Maths but are now judged on the 4 new measures summarised below:

Key Stage 4 measures chart Attainment 8









GCSE grades are changing
GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and Maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.

In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students

To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google “ofqual 9 to 1 postcard”. More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.


We hope you find these links useful.  We will publish a link to the school performance table website once the school-specific and national data has been published.