Hello to all,
Let me start of this thread by giving you a quick update off what happened with the GSCE results here in the UK-
There has been a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded an A*-C grade, for the first time since the exams were introduced 24 years ago. This year's
results show 69.4% of entries earned grades A*-C, compared with 69.8% last year. There is also a fall in the proportion of pupils receiving the top
A* and A grades, down to 22.4% from 23.2%. About 658,000 16-year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their results.
A further 547,000 candidates, many of whom will have sat exams a year early or as adults, are also receiving their grades.
The pass rate had steadily risen since the exams replaced O-levels and CSEs in 1988, when 42.5% of entries were awarded an A*-C grade. By 2010 69.1%
were awarded these grades, prompting accusations of grade inflation.
It is not like we are getting stupid. The school I went to this year has almost doubled the results and pass rate for English and Maths.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "Tens of thousands of young people are today reaping the rewards of their hard work over the last two years. It is
right that we congratulate students on their results and thank the inspirational heads, teachers and support staff that have helped them succeed."
Head of the Nasuwt teaching union Chris Keates said the government may seek to claim the dip in grades was the result of its "toughening up" exams,
but that this was untrue. But she added that it would not be long before results were affected negatively by government spending cuts and its
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the raising of school GCSE targets to 40% of pupils getting five good GCSEs (including English and maths),
combined with shifts in grade boundaries meant many schools would face "a double whammy". She added: "If classified as 'failing', they (schools)
will of course be more threatened with academy conversion."
Pupils in Scotland, who take Scottish Standard Grade and Higher qualifications, rather than GCSEs and A-levels, received their results earlier in
The problem I'm having is this. I'm entering college this year. I worked hard for 2 years. Educated myself pretty well and so on. I was fortunate
enough to squezee into the average of what the college of my choice had. I was only about 0.3 points ahead of the subjects I wanted. The subject
required a 5.0 average. This is how they calculate it if you are interested.
Each grade is given a number of points, have a look at the table below and then work out your average.
A* = 8 points
A = 7 points
B = 6 points
C = 5 points
D = 4 points
E = 3 points
F = 2 points
G = 1 point
U = 0 point
Just write down the GCSE subjects you have taken and the results that you have achieved or hope to get. Then add the points together and divide by the
number of subjects you have taken. For instance:
I got a 5.3. Which was pretty damn close to me failing to get the subjects I wanted.
The grades I received were disappointing but luckily not under the pass rate (C and above)
For example I was predicted an A in history but got a C. 2 marks lower than expected. All because of the marking.
Most of my friends found problems because they got D's in English which is a very important subject.
The BBC has reported the changes as shown below
The results in numbers
69.4% of entries earned grades A*- C
It's a drop of 0.4 percentage points on 2011
English lit A*- C grades fell significantly
So did A*- C grades in science...
Overall, girls beat boys A*- C
Change in take up since 2011
Science 36.5% (up)
German 5.5% (up)
Spanish 10.0% (up)
French 0.5% (up)
So let's get to the point of this scandal. I personally think that the government is playing around with the results this year, probably will do so
in the following years here in the UK. Because of this slight drop everyone started to panic Even I did because it was a risk for me because of
college. But the thing is it seems like Mr Gove wants to keep the poor uneducated and the rich the powerful ones. Funny that we live in a democratic
How dare such people say that!
But also this drop has encouraged something else to appear. A different type of system, that allows the person who paid do a higher course and so on.
Well some cannot afford such luxury. Like the lower, working class people. This makes me sad because people are born geniuses yet their environment
does not let them become who they are.