It’s been a long wait but secondary school pupils are finally receiving their GCSE results today.
After exams were cancelled amid the outbreak of coronavirus, it’s a day many have been waiting anxiously for since schools closed in March.
And it’s been made even more nerve-wracking because of the number of changes that have been made to the way pupils are being assessed.
At the 11th hour, following a U-turn by Scotland over its moderated grades, the government announced that pupils would be able to use their mock exam results, if they were higher than their calculated grades.
But following further anger over the downgrading of A-level results in England, the government announced its own U-turn to allow students to be awarded their centre assessed grades from their own teachers.
The grades have changed over recent years and instead of A*s to Gs, there is now a numerical system which grades students from one to nine in each subject – nine being the highest.
Number grades were used for the first time in 2017 for English literature, English language and maths – with others following in 2018 and even more being included in the new system this year.
While some students are collecting their results in person today – with schools issuing time slots to prevent large groups – for others, like those attending the region’s Co-op Academies, they’ll be getting their results by email or telephone.
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