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GCSE Grade Changes - how will they affect hiring managers?

GCSE Grade Changes - how will they affect hiring managers?

Posted on November 28, 2017

          Source: Personell Today




HR professionals and employers have an ‘’important role to play’’ in making sure that staff with recruitment responsibilities are aware of the changes are aware of the changes to the GCSE grading system for English and maths that came into effect this year.  Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the CIPD, said it was crucial that employers get up to speed with the changes as quickly as possible, ‘’particularly if they recruit people direct from school, or offer internships, work experience places or apprenticeships’’.


A separate study by the Confederation of British Industry and Pearson found that more than a third (35 per cent) of UK businesses were unaware of exam grade reform. A further 29 per cent said they were aware of the new numerical grading scale but did not understand how it worked.

Crowley said the changes would likely have an impact on recruitment processes and some systems may need to be changed so that forms can accept letters as well as numbers. The revised grading system was originally put forward by former education secretary Michael Gove, and will be extended to other GCSE subjects by 2020. The content of the new exams is designed to be more challenging, allow schools to differentiate more easily between students of varying skills and abilities, and reflect the standards of other qualifications worldwide more effectively. 





 The new grading system sees students receive a grade between one and nine – with nine being the highest mark – for mathematics, English literature and English language. For example, a 9 would be an equivalent to an A* in the previous system, whereas a 1 correlates with a G, constituting a fail.