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While there are no formal national exams for children in KS3, they will be assessed on a regular basis in topic or end of year tests, coursework and teacher observation.
The GCSE grading system has been recently reformed to make them more challenging. The 9-1 system replaces the A* - G system, and Grade 4 is now the new pass grade. Level 9 is the highest possible grade a student can achieve at GCSE level and is awarded to students with the highest abilities. Some of the new grades are equivalent to the old grades; a low Grade 1 is comparable to a low Grade G, a low Grade 4 is comparable to a low Grade C and a low Grade 7 is comparable to a low Grade A.
In English, there is no longer a foundation paper, and students of all abilities take the same paper. Science also started using the new 9-1 system in 2018 and other subjects are slowly switching over so that they are in line with the core subjects.
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