Sir Kevan Collins comments on today’s GCSE results

Half a million pupils in England are getting their GCSE results today. It's the first time the new grading system, ranked 9-1 with the top grade of 9, has been used.

Sir Kevan Collins, the EEF's Chief Executive, comments:

“Well done to those students who’ve got their GCSE results – and to the teachers and schools who have enabled them to do so.

“Inevitably, the focus today is on the new grading system. This allows greater differentiation at the top end of the attainment spectrum, with three grades replacing the old A and A*. However, further down the line – and for those students who don’t get pass grades and who are more likely to come from poorer backgrounds – there is less differentiation. That presents a challenge in helping these 16 year-olds to make realistic progress in the next two years of their education.

“These qualifications are young people’s passport to success in later life. It’s vital that our education system equips young people, especially the most disadvantaged, with the skills and knowledge they need to access good quality jobs, apprenticeships and further education. To achieve that, we need to generate more and better evidence of teaching and learning strategies that work for these students and support schools and colleges to put them to use.”

  1. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is a grant-making charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £89.4 million to test the impact of 145 projects reaching more than 970,000 children and young people in over 9,400 schools, nurseries and colleges across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.