Search

Hornchurch headteacher remains optimistic despite challenges preparing pupils for new GCSE grading system

PUBLISHED: 10:45 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 09 August 2017

There is just over two weeks to go before teenagers around the borough collect their GCSE results. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/PA Images

There is just over two weeks to go before teenagers around the borough collect their GCSE results. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/PA Images

PA Archive/PA Images

A teacher remains optimistic that pupils will achieve GCSE success despite difficulties in preparing them for exams due to the controversial new grading system.

This year, English language, English literature and maths will receive numbered grades.

A nine is equivalent to A* on the old system whilst a one is about the same level as an old G.

A teacher in Havering said he believed the new system had increased pressure on pupils and schools.

According to Dave Malbon, assistant headteacher at The Albany, Broadstone Road, Hornchurch, there has been challenges in preparing pupils.

“It has been a lot more difficult as we have nothing to compare [results] with,” he said.

“That is the issue. It’s a case of not knowing what good looks like. There’s been a lot of toing and froing about if grades four or five would be acceptable standards and equivalent to the old C and B grades.

“No one knew for a long time, but they [the government] settled on four as acceptable.

“It’s been difficult to know what to enter children for, foundation or higher.

“It’s a big decision for the children. If entered for foundation, they can only get so and so grade.

“If entered higher they can fall off the edge.”

In April, the new grading system was criticised by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASWUT).

Speaking at an annual conference in Manchester, representatives warned the reforms narrowed “the range of educational opportunities for young people”.

NASUWT general secretary, Chris Keates, said: “These changes have been driven by political imperative, rather than the needs of young people.

“The changes to exam grading have created huge uncertainty for pupils, teachers, parents and employers which will be difficult for schools to manage.”

Despite the challenges, teachers have worked hard to ensure youngsters are prepared.

Mr Malbon added: “Pupils are excited. We are quietly optimistic. We have prepared them as best we can.”

A Havering Council spokesman said: “Schools have been aware that these changes were coming for two years and will have made preparations as they see fit to suit their students.”

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

As families gather around their sofas to watch this year’s Children in Need, a hospice wishes to say thank you to the charity for all of its support over the years.

A 20-year-old Romford man had been frightened for his life and acting in self-defence when he stabbed Hosam Eisa to death at The Brewery, a court heard.

The Romford greyhound stadium will once again be opened tonight, after failing a fire safety exercise which forced them to close this week.

Model train enthusiasts were in for a treat as an annual exhibition once again celebrated the joys of the hobby.

Essex Freemasons have donated thousands of pounds to hospices serving Havering as part of a £450,000 national drive to support community services.

Havering Mind has been shortlisted for Aviva Community Funding, and is now asking for residents help to ensure it benefits from some of the money.

Road closures have been put in place while police investigate a suspected hit-and-run in Romford in the early hours of November 17.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now