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GCSE success for Wigan Borough pupils
Thursday 24th August, 2017

For 3,400 pupils in Wigan Borough the wait is over with their long anticipated GCSE results out today with many positive outcomes for pupils and their schools.

The GCSE structure is undergoing significant changes with these set to continue in the coming years which has led to the Department for Education (DfE) to urge caution when comparing this year’s results to previous years.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the young people who have worked very hard for these great GCSE results. We have an excellent education record here in Wigan Borough and that’s down to the ambition of our students, together with the commitment of our teachers and the support of their parents. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and support in these achievements.”

For any young person who did not achieve the results they had hoped for there is a wide range of support available both directly from your school or alternatively email the Aspiring Futures team at aspiring.futures@wigan.gov.uk to find out about a range of support options available.

In 2017, Year 11 students were examined in the new GCSEs in English language, English literature and mathematics for the first time. The exams were linear which means all the examinations are taken at the end of the course. The previous A*-G GCSE grades will be replaced with a GCSE grade scale of 9 to 1 which will distinguish the new GCSEs from the predecessor qualifications. The examinations have been designed to assess the more demanding curriculum determined by the Department for Education. Whilst all other subjects remain on an A*-G grading system this year, they will be changing from 2018.

Under this new system pupils with a grade 4 will have achieved a ‘standard pass’ whilst those with a grade 5 will have achieved a ‘strong pass’. A grade 4 or above will be equivalent to a grade C and above and will continue to have currency for individual pupils as they progress to further study and employment. The government is clear that a ‘standard pass’ is a credible achievement.

As part of the DfE’s strategy to improve outcomes for pupils, school performance is now measured in the context of Attainment 8 and Progress 8

Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measure the achievement and progress of pupils across 8 qualifications (always including English and maths which are double weighted).

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