For example, when I’m in class and we get our test results back we don’t know whether it’s good or bad as teachers themselves aren’t sure what that grade means.
There are three grades in particular which have caused the most debate, which is the grade C from the old system being equivalent to both a grade 4 and 5 in the new system.
Some teachers say that grade 4 is equivalent to a ‘low C’ and is the passing grade while others say that grade 5 is the passing grade and equivalent to a ‘high C’ or ‘low B’. So now my question is, when I get a grade 5 have I got a grade C or B?
Another thing I’ve been told is that not all subjects will be using the new system when we get our results in 2018 which means many students will be left puzzled.
This will also confuse parents who are looking for schools for their children as they won’t know which ones are doing better or worse because the grades won’t make sense.
Lauren McInerney, ex-teacher and editor of Schools Week magazine, said, “the signs of catastrophe are already there.”
What I think
These changes will confuse parents and pupils when they get their results and there was no need to change the grading system.