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Havering pupils to sit new-style GCSEs this summer

PUBLISHED: 15:34 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 20 April 2017

Pupils will begin sitting new-style GCSE's this summer. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images.

Pupils will begin sitting new-style GCSE's this summer. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images.

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The borough’s current Year 11 pupils face change this summer as they sit the new-style GCSEs.

In a move that the government says will improve standards, the new GCSE grading system will be phased into schools across the country, starting with maths and English.

Although the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASWUT) says the exams – which will now be graded 9-1 replacing grades A* to G – will increase pressure on pupils and schools, Havering Council remains optimistic.

“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,” a spokesman said.

“Teachers are required to implement government policy and we are confident that leaders in Havering schools have done all that is possible to ensure that they are implemented as professionally as possible.”

Education secretary Justine Greening has said a grade four will be seen as a “standard pass” and a grade five as a “strong pass”.

A four is broadly being compared to a traditional C grade.

Other subjects - including French, religious education, geography, Spanish, biology, music, history and chemistry, physics, computer science – the new grades will be awarded from summer 2018.

A third set of 9-1 graded GCSEs - including business, information and communications technology (ICT), psychology, media studies and ancient history, will be taught from September 2017 with exams in 2019.

A NASWUT general secretary , Chris Keates said the new system has created huge uncertainty for pupils, teachers, and parents.

The spokesman added: “We have run network meetings for subject leaders affected by changes this year which have offered support to them in implementing the changes.”

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