From the data collected of the GCSE results in 2018, it is clear that despite the increased difficulty of the examinations, the proportion of students achieving a pass (at least a 4) is actually higher than ever! Consistent with the previous national trends. What is also clear is that the number of students who achieve the highest scores possible, the straight 9’ers is very low, in 2018 only 732 pupils, mostly girls, ended up with straight 9’s.
What else has changed?
-According to the Education Policy Institute their has been a considerable decline in the numbers of students studying the creative subjects.
The numbers of students taking arts, music or technology is at it's lowest in a decade.
-The guardian reports that pressure on students is at an all time high. Which has led to higher rates of anxiety amongst our youth. With one child quoted saying "“I have 10 different subjects and 28 – yes, 28 exams,” .
Despite the increased level of difficulty in the examinations, more content being covered and the tougher grading system. It seems the competition has not subsided in any way. Thurston & Jones is here to offer a helping hand, if you think your son/daughter may be struggling.