And while Qualifications Wales remains adamant the two new maths GCSES
- mathematics and maths numeracy - are of equal value, it says universities may want to stipulate a grade for the more traditional mathematics GCSE
, rather than mathematics numeracy, for some courses.
MORE than half of pupils who took the two GCSE
maths exams in Wales in November got a D or below, results published yesterday show.
9 percentage point increase in the proportion of year 12 pupils in non-grammar schools achieving 5 or more GCSEs
at grades A-C (or equivalent) including GCSE
English and GCSE
Traditionally, teenagers in Year 9 then choose which options to continue for their GCSEs
, usually around nine in total, beginning the courses in Year 10 at age 14.
The first exams for the reformed GCSEs
in English language, English literature and maths were held in summer 2017, with results in August 2017.
And Louise tweeted: "Good luck to anyone who is sitting their GCSEs
within this time period.
These results have come at a time when GCSEs
are becoming increasingly challenging.
Across England, the proportion of pupils gaining at least five GCSEs
at A* to C, including English and maths, rose 0.
They then monitored their performance in their GCSEs
the following year.
Exams regulator Ofqual called the changes to GCSEs
the biggest shakeup of exams in England for a generation, with coursework being scrapped for most subjects.
The independent school last year saw all of its pupils gaining at least five GCSEs
grades A*to C including maths and English - a 27 per cent increase on 2013 when 73 per cent of pupils achieved the same benchmark standard.
The recent emphasis on the 'Level 2 threshold' of five GCSEs
at C and above 'can result in too much focus by schools on learners achieving a C grade'.
The Government has revealed the latest stage of its plans for GCSE
reform, setting out information on the content of new GCSEs
in key subjects including English, maths, science and the humanities.
The watchdog highlighted concerns that modular GCSEs
created particular risks in maintaining standards because they allowed pupils to "bank" grades early, and came up with a workable solution that might have avoided the row, but decided not to implement it, the TES said.
Summary: The proportion of GCSEs
awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the first time.