Private schools refusal to embrace new GCSE marking system gives pupils major advantage

Meanwhile, state schools are effectively forced to take the new GCSEs, after the Department for Education removed iGCSEs from league tables in 2017.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– This Thursday, thousands of students will receive their grades, many of whom are the first cohort to take the new “tougher” GCSE courses. Many independent schools have declined to switch over to the reformed qualifications which use a numerical grades, opting instead to continue with international GCSEs – known as iGCSEs – which use A* to G. Private schools are giving their pupils a major advantage by refusing to embrace the new 1-9 GCSE marking system, it has been claimed. “Independent schools are likely to have stayed with the iGCSE partly because… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more