Published On: Thu, Aug 13th, 2020

GCSE results day: When is GCSE results day?

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It’s been a strange year for students up and down the country, many of whom have culminated their school experience with cancelled exams, standardised grades and zoom proms. A level students received their results on Thursday, August 13 – but when do GCSE students get their grades?

When is GCSE results day?

Results day is on Thursday, August 20.

Traditionally pupils collect their results at their school and are able to mingle with friends and teachers.

But because of social distancing rules, it won’t be quite the same this year.

Depending on your school, pupils will either receive their results via email, through an online portal, in the post or by travelling to the school to collect them in person.

Exam boards moderated these grades to ensure this year’s results were not significantly higher than previously and the value of students’ grades were not undermined.

In England, a total of 35.6 percent of grades were adjusted down by one grade, 3.3 percent were brought down by two grades and 0.2 percent came down by three grades, figures from Ofqual show.

But overall, the proportion of entries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland awarded the top A* grade this year has surged to 9 percent – the highest proportion since the top grade was first introduced in 2010.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has come under intense scrutiny for the fiasco.

He said the Government had put in a “robust” appeals system for those students who were unhappy with their results but that it was essential to ensure there was consistency across the country.

He said: “As a father myself, as someone who always does the absolute best for all the children right across the country, it is about trying to put as much fairness into the system as possible.

“If you effectively rip up a whole book and say you are not having standards, not having the same sort of consistency, you will have had some schools who would have literally put in every child as either an A or an A* or a B.”

What’s more, exams watchdog Ofqual has said the biggest reduction in the proportion of students awarded A-level grades of C and above after moderation was recorded within those from underprivileged backgrounds.

Around 85.0 per cent of candidates classes as having a “low” socio-economic status had been predicted to achieve a C and above by their schools.

But this fell to 74.6 percent after final grades were calculated under the new moderation process, a drop of 10.4 percentage points.

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