State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 21

9 to 1 grading: employer confusion More than eight in 10 (85%) secondary school leaders think that pupils sitting GCSEs under the new grading system will be disadvantaged by employers’ lack of knowledge of the new system. Questions around the reformed GCSEs might well continue beyond the school gates, now that the previous A* to G grading structure is being replaced by the numerical 9 to 1 system. More than four-fifths (85%) of secondary school leaders worry that pupils will be disadvantaged by employers’ lack of knowledge of this new system. Nearly nine in 10 (88%) school leaders across both phases already “Too much focus is placed on academic testing as a measure of pupils’ success” think that too much focus is placed on academic testing as a measure of pupils’ success: this focus becomes yet more problematic for pupils’ 2% prospects if their future employers do not understand what academic success looks like. 4% 3% 3% “Assessment has been drastically changed and poorly Strongly agree Tend to agree applying for apprenticeships, companies are phoning me to ask Neither agree nor disagree have letter grades. They have absolutely no idea of the new grading system and what it actually means. They just want to Tend to disagree Strongly disagree why English and maths have numbers and the other subjects communicated … As we get closer to summer, and our pupils are Don’t know know what number equates to a C!” Secondary school leader MORE ABOUT THE KEY: WWW.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM PAGE 21