Why 9-1?

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The new GCSE grade scale has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Why did we change it? That’s the question we’re being asked a lot this summer, as we await the first of the new grades.

To answer it, we have to go all the way back to 2013.

In February that year, the Secretary of State wrote to Ofqual to set out the purpose of reformed GCSEs – primarily to provide evidence of students’ achievement against more demanding and fulfilling content. The new qualifications were also to be linear, so that all exams would be taken at the end of the course. The Secretary of State also…

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