This paper presents data showing the potential impacts associated with early GCSE entry.
There has been a significant increase in the number of pupils being entered early for GCSEs particularly in mathematics and English. Whilst there has been a long history of this practice for the highest achieving pupils, the trend is increasing for pupils of all abilities. For many, this can be detrimental to their overall performance.
The aim of this paper is to present the statistical information on the difference in final grades between those that do and do not enter early and therefore raise awareness of the potential impacts associated with early entry that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to enter a pupil early for their GCSE examination(s), weighed up against the benefits of encouraging studying a broader curriculum within the subject.
- Early entry to GCSE examinations
- Headline information
- Early entrants in GCSE English and mathematics - full data
- Attainment of early entrants
- Pupils entering at the end of year 10
- Pupils entering midway through year 11
- Multiple entrants
- Early entries in other GCSE subjects
- Performance of early entrants
- Early Entries by School Type