GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from Summer 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates will follow in Summer 2018 and most others in 2019.  During this transition, students will receive a mixture of letter and number grades.  Grade 4 or above is equivalent to a grade C or above and a 7 or above is equivalent to a grade A or above.  The top 20% of those who get a grade 7 or above will get a grade 9.  Grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of marks for a current grade C and bottom third of marks for a current grade B.  The bottom of grade 1 is aligned with a grade G.  Further information is available at or search for “ofqual 9 to 1 postcard” and also on the Department for Education website at  For internal assessment tracking at Penair, a + and – fine grading will be used (7+, 7, 7-, 6+, 6, 6- etc.), where the + is pushing the top of the grade, the whole number is secure and the - is not secure and is in danger of slipping into the next lower grade. Where subjects are still graded A*-G they will be fine graded into 1, 2 and 3 (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3 etc.).