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‘Standard’ and ‘strong’ GCSE pass rates: what is Greening talking about?

Education secretary Justine Greening announced today that a grade 4 will now be considered “a standard pass”, while grade 5 will be called a “strong pass”. So what’s this all about? Laura McInerney explains. Just when you thought the C-grade threshold problem was all but gone in education, Justine Greening decides to drag us all back in. Hurrah! What has happened? For the past few years everyone in education has been primed over the change in GCSE grades. From this year, they will move from being A*-G to a 1-9 grade. The move from an 8-part scale to a 9-part scale was on purpose. The two were not supposed to overlap exactly. Instead, a 4 grade was said to be equivalent to around the bottom two-thirds of a C grade. A 5 grade includes the top of the C grades and those around the bottom of a B. Isn’t that confusing? Yeah, a bit. But it wasn’t supposed to matter much because the old A*-C pass rate was supposed to be defunct. These days, schools are mostly measured on progress measures (Progress 8). One of the main reasons for doing this was to stop everyone obsessing about which kids got...

DfE introduces two-tier GCSE pass rate: ‘standard’ and ‘strong’

The government has abandoned its plan to make a grade 5 the new ‘good’ GCSE pass grade which was aimed at bringing England into line with global competitors. In 2015, the government announced the new grade 5 – due to be awarded for the first time this summer – would be the new “good pass” level. It said the grade would be set at a  standard comparable to that “aimed for by pupils in top-performing countries such as Finland, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland”. A standard pass is a credible achievement and one that should be valued as a passport to future study and employment However, the education secretary Justine Greening announced today that a grade 4 will now be considered “a standard pass”, while grade 5 will be called a “strong pass”. The proportion of pupils passing at both grades or above will be reported in school performance tables. The grade 5 “strong pass” will be the benchmark in the goverment’s new EBacc accountability measure. In a letter to education committee chair Neil Carmichael, Greening said she was “determined to continue to raise standards” and would include the new “strong pass” as an accountability measure for schools. However, Greening also said...

Chief executive appointed at DfE’s new £2bn free school property company

Property management consultancy boss Lara Newman MBE has been announced as the chief executive of the Department for Education’s new £2 billion free school land company. Schools Week revealed in July the Department for Education had finalised plans to set up LocatEd – an “arm’s length” company that will be given a £2 billion warchest to speed up the purchase and development of free school sites. The company, classed as a non-departmental public body and wholly-owned by the DfE, will become one of the largest land purchasers in the country. Newman, who was awarded an MBE last year for her service as a property adviser on the free schools programme, has been announced as the company’s chief executive. This will improve the experience for free school trusts She said LocatEd will work directly with landowners, agents and developers to “secure new free school sites whilst ensuring the best value for the taxpayer”. “We understand the scale of the challenge and the property landscape. LocatED has the expertise and will operate at pace to negotiate with multiple partners across the private and public sector.” According to the New School Network’s website, Newman has been acting as interim managing director of the DfE’s...

MPs: Government showing ‘collective delusion’ over funding cuts

The government have a “collective delusion” about the scope for further cuts in schools, the Public Accounts Committee has said in response to its investigation into school funding. A report by the parliamentary committee, released today, states that pupils’ futures are at risk and that the Department for Education is not well-placed to act swiftly if the quality of education falls due to budgetary pressures. The government must not be deaf to the experiences of headteachers who have already had to make potentially damaging cuts The call from the powerful group of MPs is likely to make it more difficult for the government to convince its MPs to support the new national funding formula, aimed at spreading cash more evenly across schools. Officials predict schools will have to find savings of £3 billion by 2019-20 to deal with increasing pressures such as pay rises plus rising national insurance and pension contributions. Meg Hillier (pictured), who chairs the committee, says the report sets out more evidence of “what increasingly appears to be a collective delusion in government about the scope for further efficiency savings in public services”. “Unrealistic efficiency targets imposed on the NHS, together with weak leadership from the centre,...