KS4 Examination Changes

As you will be aware, there have been a number of changes to the processes for KS4 students and we will keep this page updated with helpful links and information to keep you informed.  There are a number of helpful links you can use listed below and there are also other ways to be kept up to date from Ofqual directly.

If you have any questions about the changes please do not hesitate to contact the achievement team.

Department for Education Information

Information on new GCSEs
The DfE has launched a new GCSE webpage which provides information for students, parents, employers and those who work in education. It explains:

  1. why the GCSEs are changing
  2. when they are changing
  3. why the grading scale is changing and how the new grades align with the A* to G scale
  4. the difference between a ‘standard’ and a ‘strong’ pass
  5. what this means for students, schools, parents, employers and others who work in education

The new webpage also links to GCSE factsheets for parents, employers, and for further and higher education providers.


GCSE Factsheet for Parents June 2016

Helpful Links

Your qualification, our regulation: all postcards in one download

Awarding for new GCSE student cohorts

Spoken language in new GCSE English language


Ways to keep up to date

Ofqual have lots of information to help students, parents, teachers and businesses understand the changes. You can keep up-to-date in a number of ways:

  1. Subscribe to 9 to 1 News, the Ofqual newsletter about the changes
  2. Follow the GCSE grades 9 to 1 page on Facebook
  3. Follow GCSE grades 9 to 1 on LinkedIn
  4. Read their blogs on specialist issues