Correspondence: Tiered 9 to 1 GCSEs in languages and sciences, 2018

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Ofqual wrote to exam boards about the allowed grades on the higher tier in the 9 to 1 GCSEs that are being awarded for the first time in 2018: French, German, Spanish (MFL), biology, chemistry, physics and combined science.

Our priority, as in recent years, is the fair awarding of qualifications so that the cohort in 2018 is not advantaged or disadvantaged. A key aspect of this is aligning grade standards between exam boards, so that it is no easier to achieve a particular grade with one board than with another.

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