New GCSE Grades 9-1

Parents’ Guides to The New 1-9 GCSEs


The DfE has produced a powerpoint presentation for schools to use to help parents understand the qualifications reform programme. It is designed to be used both in meetings with parents and to be placed on school websites. It will also be of use in discussions with governors and local employers. This powerpoint is attached separately and an introduction is given below.

GCSE and A level reform: Introduction to DfE presentation for parents

Many teachers will be preparing for the reforms to GCSEs and A levels from September 2015, including English and mathematics GCSEs and a number of subjects at A level.

Further subjects will be implemented in 2016 and 2017. A visual timeline is available here:

Awarding organisations have published their accredited specifications for reformed subjects taught from 2015. A list of accredited specifications is available here:

Awarding organisations have also published a range of materials to support schools and colleges and are hosting seminars for subject teachers. Further support is available from the key subject associations.