Thousands of pupils in Essex are celebrating after collecting their GCSE results.
The 2018 results are the second year when subjects are graded under the new 9 to 1 scale – with English literature, English language and Mathematics having changed in 2017. Twenty more subjects changed this year with the remaining subjects following in 2019.
Provisional figures released by Essex County Council suggest similar outcomes to last year's results with 65% achieving at least level 4 (a pass at grade C under the old system and regarded by the Department for Education as a standard pass) in English and Maths and 42% achieving level 5 pass in English and Maths. Essex provisional results are above the 2017 national figures.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Once again my congratulations to all who sat their GSCE exams this year. The hard work that goes into studying cannot be underestimated and shows huge commitment and dedication. Also thanks to all those in a supportive role – teachers, parents and family members for their part in helping our pupils achieve such great results."
The new grading scales have been introduced to signal the GSCE reform and demonstrate the more challenging nature of the exam content. This measure aims to encourage schools to teach a broad curriculum, with a focus on an academic core.
Adult learners who attend ACL Essex are celebrating with overall pass rates of 98%. 87% of those who took an English GCSE, 71% of those who took mathematics GCSE and 83% of those who took Biology GCSE achieved the high grades of 9-4.
New GCSE courses at ACL will commence in September. English and maths GCSEs are free to those people who do not currently hold a grade (A*-C) in the subject already. Those interested should call 0345 603 7635.