Assessment and the New GCSEs - FAQs

To find out more about Assessment and the New GCSEs, take a look at some of the most frequent questions we’re asked.

Q: Why has the Government removed National Curriculum levels?

A: There are many reasons given as to why the government has removed National Curriculum levels. One of the main reasons is they wanted to give schools the freedom within the constraints of the new National Curriculum to assess and report on students as they see fit, rather than according to a national system of ‘levels’. We at The Radclyffe School welcome this as it gives us the opportunity to develop a curriculum and an assessment system that is really focused on making sure that students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful at GCSE.

Q: What if I don’t think my child’s pathway is sufficiently stretching?

A: The pathways are all set using a student’s prior attainment in KS2 tests as the starting point, therefore they should be challenging to the individual. However, if your child has a particular aptitude for one subject area over another, it is possible that they can meet this challenge more easily. Expected grades are not a ceiling and, upon achieving their expected grade, all students should seek to aim higher.

Q: Should I be pushing my child to achieve Good or Outstanding Progress in all subjects?

A: Yes, but you should do so with the understanding that the pathway sets a challenging target for your child. Therefore, if your child is making good progress in some subjects and expected in others, they are doing very well and while you and they should continue to work to improve, both you and your child should be confident that they are progressing well.

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