Schools in Staffordshire are getting to grips with the new GCSE grading system, as hundreds of pupils across the county nervously await their results this morning.

Numerical grades have replaced the previous A*-G grades, giving schools more opportunity to get the very best out of their pupils.

According to Ofqual the exams regulator, a grade 7 is today’s equivalent of an A grade, with grades 7, 8 and 9, representing A and A* grades. Pupils achieving a grade 9 are exceeding the old A* grade. Grades 4 and 5 are the equivalent of a grade C pass, with grade 5 being classed as a ‘strong pass.’

To help parents understand the new grades, Staffordshire County Council have set up a special page on their website, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/gcse.  As well as giving parents access to what the new grades mean, the website also explains the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 performance measures.