There have been four consecutive years of changes to examinations and performance tables which have come into effect, which mean that the performance tables cannot be compared like for like with those of previous years.
In the summer of 2016, the tables were changed drastically, and new headline measures were introduced:
- A*-C in both English and Maths
- Progress 8 (a value-added measure)
- Attainment 8 (an average points score measure)
Plus the “Ebacc”: GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Maths, 2 Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language and History or Geography.
In 2017, students sat the first of the reformed GCSEs in Maths, English Language and English Literature which are graded 9-1 rather than A*-G. These courses are 100% final exam, with no controlled assessment. All other GCSEs remain A*-G, with approximately half reforming for 2018, and the remainder for 2019.
Revised headline measures for 2017 include:
- Grade 4-9 in both English and Maths (Standard pass)
- Grade 5-9 in both English and Maths (Good pass)
Plus Progress 8, Attainment 8 and Ebacc.