Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9 to 1. Designed to provide an indication of the likely level of performance at grades 2, 5 and 8.
We have developed grade descriptors for the reformed GCSEs graded 9 to 1. These aim to assist teachers by providing an indication of the likely level of performance at grades 2, 5 and 8 in each reformed subject.
The descriptors are not designed to be used for awarding purposes, unlike the ‘grade descriptions’ that apply to GCSEs graded A* to G. Equally, they are not designed to be used as mark schemes.
The purpose of these grade descriptors is to give teachers and students an idea of likely performance at the mid-points of grades 2, 5 and 8.
The grade descriptors were developed with the input of subject experts and exam boards. The wording draws on the relevant subject content published by the Department for Education as well as the assessment objectives published by Ofqual.
We have published more information on how grade standards are set for the new GCSEs.