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Article 1: Changes to GCSE grades
Remember politicians saying GCSEs were too easy and needed to be made more rigorous? Well that’s what has been happening, as new exams have been developed and are being phased in over a number of years.
This year’s students are to sit the new style exams in 20 subjects, including Maths and English introduced from last year. These will have 9 to 1 grading.
Article 2: Changes to SATS in 2019
KS2 SATs were overhauled to be in line with the new national curriculum in May 2016. If your child will be sitting Y6 SATs in 2019, read on for the most up-to-date information for parents.
In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 were the first to take the new SATs papers. The new-style SATs for English and maths reflect the new national curriculum, and are more rigorous than previous years’ tests.
Article 3: Details about the King Edward’s Grammar School exam
The Grammar Schools Entrance Test
Applications to sit our Grammar School entrance test must be submitted by the end of June, with the test itself usually taken in September. All relevant dates can be found on our Grammar Schools page.
Article 4: Lower pass mark for pupils on Free school meals.
A group of grammar schools have doubled their admission of disadvantaged pupils in a single year – by quietly setting a lower 11-plus qualification score for children from disadvantaged homes. The new two-tier pass mark appears to represent one of the most radical and effective ever attempts to reduce the middle-class strangle-hold on good grammars.