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Are you a teacher looking to prepare your students to succeed on the new GCSE exams? Or are you looking to find out more information about new GCSE reforms such as the new marking schemes and subject changes? JobTestPrep is here to help. With our GCSE Teacher Pack, you will gain access to downloadable PDFs and free worksheets covering many of the GCSE subjects. Start preparing your students today to ensure their academic success.


Understanding the GCSE Reforms

Be sure to visit our GCSE Past Papers page to learn the specifics of the content and structure reforms that may affect your curriculum in the coming years. Aside from the changes in content matter across some of the core GCSE subjects, the most significant change that affects educators is the marking scheme reform. Read on to learn about this change and how it will affect your students’ testing decisions.  


New GCSE Marking Schemes

The new numerical grading system has a greater range of possible grades. Students previously awarded A or A*, will receive an 7, 8, or 9, depending on their performance. With more room for differentiation between grades, teachers, employers and academic institutions will have a clearer picture of a student's individual academic skillset. Of the top performing students who are predicted to achieve a grade 7 or higher, only around 20% will achieve a grade 9, the highest grade under the new scheme. The new system is also designed to better cater for any future amendments to the grading scale, such as an introduction of a new ‘top’ grade, to ensure greater score differentiation.

In the 2019 school year, all pupils should receive grading following this new 1–9 system. Once the shift in grading is fully adapted, grade 9 will be considered the new A*, while grade 4 will represent the mid-grade C. Under the new grade structure, grades 9 to 4 fall within the higher tier, whilst the foundation tier encompasses grades 5 to 1. There is also a safety net system. This means that some students who receive only a few marks below a grade 4, thereby falling into the grade 3 band, will be considered to have achieved higher tier results. Thus, any GCSE graded at a 5, 4, or 3 places the student on both tiers. This cross-over, as well as the fact that some questions will appear on both higher and foundation tier papers, will allow exam boards to ensure fairer difficulty benchmarks. To ease the transition, in the 2017 testing year, pupils may still receive results that include a combined report of the old and new grading systems.


GCSE Revision Resources

Repeating the same papers comes at a risk: your students may start to memorise correct answers rather than practise the methodology behind each question. JobTestPrep recognises this and uses a huge bank of questions to test the knowledge of the test taker. Throughout the test, all the questions and answers are explained, with a step-by-step, easy-to-follow breakdown of the question, applicable rules, and possible answers.

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GCSE Revision Tips

These GCSE revision tips can help you and your students develop healthy habits for their GCSE exams and beyond:

Help parents create a realistic timetable.

Some students will benefit from a timetable detailing specific subject areas that must be studied for exam day. Creating a plan and working with parents to implement it, can significantly decrease student stress levels and boost results.

Create study guides for your students, or together with your students.

Providing your students with study guides that detail content area will hugely influence their organisation of study time. Having a plan laid out is always a beneficial tool.

Practise, practise, and practise.

The more practice materials your students are exposed to, the more likely they are to succeed. Preparing your students with a variety of practice tests and resources, will ensure they understand content areas and test structure. Further, students can utilise the skills they need for each specific GCSE paper.


 GCSE Maths Resources

Are your students preparing for the GCSE Maths 1–9? Whether you are helping them prepare for the Maths foundation level or the Maths higher level, the more practice you provide them with, the better their chances of attaining their goals. With the new subject reforms, it is more important than ever to expose your students to proper question types. There are limited numbers of past papers for the new GCSE available on the web. JobTestPrep have written suitable alternatives to GCSE past papers. These materials are accompanied by thorough explanations and solving strategy guides.


GCSE Maths Foundation Tier Practice

Preparing your students for the GCSE Maths foundation level? JobTestPrep has resources available to help.

Download your free GCSE Maths 1–5 PDF here!


GCSE Maths Higher Tier Practice

Preparing your students for the GCSE Maths higher level? JobTestPrep has resources available to help.

Download your free GCSE Maths 4–9 PDF here!


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Start supporting your students with practice tests designed to enhance their revision and put their knowledge to the test. Visit our GCSE Past Papers page to learn more.


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