Higher GCSE grades for hundreds of students across the East Riding

Hundreds more pupils in the East Riding got higher grades in their English and maths GCSEs this summer, according to government figures for schools across the area.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 7:25 am
Students managed to achieve higher grades in their GCSEs this summer. Photo: PA Images

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed measures for next year’s exams including “more generous grading” so young people whose learning has been disrupted by Covid-19 are not disadvantaged.

The National Education Union says the changes are welcome but late, and that the most disadvantaged students across England could miss more school as they are more likely to live in areas with higher infection levels.

Department for Education figures show 1,631 students in the East Riding got grades 5 or above in their English and maths GCSEs in the 2019-20 academic year – up from 1,339 the previous summer.

Grade 5 is roughly equivalent to a low B or a high C under the old GCSE grading system.

It means 50.5% of pupils achieved a strong pass in the subjects, 7.2 percentage points more than 43.3% last year.

The new measures for next year’s exams announced by Mr Williamson include more generous grading than usual, in line with the most recent results.

Students will get advance notice of some topics covered in their assessments, and those who miss exams due to illness or self-isolation will get a second chance to sit them.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the changes will make next year’s exams “as fair as they can be in the circumstances”.