New GCSE grading system could spell chaos for sixth form recruitment and funding, leading head warns

Students could miss out on sixth-form places while schools and colleges could lose funding due to confusion over the new GCSE grading system, a school leader has warned.

There is a lack of clarity over the change, according to the next general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), with many still in the dark over what will be considered a “good” pass.

Supporters have argued the move is necessary to allow more differentiation between students. But Geoff Barton, who becomes the ASCL’s leader on April 18, said more communication is needed. In his first interview, Mr Barton told the Press Association, “The trouble with a new system is that if people are looking to simply match it across to the old system, it’s not going to work.” Read more