Employers, do you understand the changes to GCSE grading?

As of this week, young people will now be graded between 9 and 1 in English Language, English Literature and Maths – with 9 representing the highest grade.

To help businesses looking to recruit students OxLEP have suggested the following actions:

1. If you’re recruiting young people in the coming weeks – update recruitment materials now:

There is an urgency for businesses in the process of recruiting – particularly those offering apprenticeships – to reflect these changes as soon as possible.

This is because many vacancies will be targeting students who have completed GCSEs in 2017 – therefore, their English and Maths grades will not relate to the previous grading system.

2. Understand the changes in full:

Oxfordshire businesses need to understand the grade changes and – in particular – the impact it will have on the standard of candidate that will be attracted to vacancies.

The new system will – broadly-speaking – mean the following:

  • A ‘low’ grade A now equals a grade 7
  • A ‘low’ grade C now equals a grade 4
  • A ‘low’ grade G now equals a grade 1

Use the OxLEP ‘GCSE grade changes – what you need to know’ infographic below  to help you understand how new grades align with old grades and where businesses should look to ‘pitch’ job roles in relation to the new system.

3. Link with an education provider:

It’s not just the grading system that’s being adapted, but also some subject syllabuses too.

By building relationships with education providers in your area, you can gain an understanding as to whether or not your vacancies are aligned with the key skills being taught at GCSE level.

You can contact the V4B team on info@vale4business.com for support and advice on connecting with education providers or introducing apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to your business.

For more information on these changes – head to the Department for Education’s website.