Information on Step system (Devised by Pearson-Edexcel Exam board)
As levels have been abolished by the government, every school has to decide themselves on how to measure progress. We have decided to follow the step system devised by Pearson-Edexcel as most of our GCSEs are undertaken with this Exam board.
For ages 11-16 there are 12 Steps from low to high performance.
In most subjects, expected average progress for a student is one Step per year.
Example of expected progress from Year 7 to 11
- Average Step Year 7: Step 4
- Average Step Year 8: Step 5
- Average Step Year 9: Step 6
- Average Step Year 10: Step 7
- Average Step Year 11: Step 8 (approx Grade 5 at GCSE- a good pass in new 9-1 GCSEs)
Information on New GCSEsNew
GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good pass and grade 9 being the highest and set above the current A*. The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.
The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.
A student’s position on a step can be shown in more detail, as: Red, Amber, Green, Gold.
- Red (R) – low end of stepAmber
- (A) – lower middle of stepGreen
- (Gr) – upper middleGold
- (Gl) – High end of stepFor example someone on step 4 could be 4R, 4A, 4GR or 4GL.