GCSEs 'need tougher pass mark to catch international rivals'

23rd Aug 2017
BBC News Education - Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards to catch up with high performing education systems in Asia, say researchers from the Education Policy Institute. The Guardian - GCSE standard pass not enough to match top nations, says think tank. Education Policy Institute - On Thursday (24th August, 2017), pupils will receive their GCSE results – which include the first set of results for English and maths under the new grading system. These new qualifications, designed to be more demanding, will see pupils achieve grades on a new 9-1 scale – with the Government defining a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’.  In this major new report, in partnership with UCL Institute of Education, we have identified what these new grades mean in terms of a world class education system and how far education in England needs to improve to match the highest performing countries in the world. You can read the full report English Education: World Class? here