Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exams and Revision

What is Progress 8?

From 2016 all students and schools will be measured on how much progress they make from when they start year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of year 11. It is based on progress across 8 subjects across a broad and balanced curriculum.

Scores will always be determined by dividing the student's points total by 10 (the 8 qualifications with English and Mathematics counting for double) regardless of how many qualifications are sat.

Below is a 3 minute video from the DfE to help explain Progress 8 further.


What is Attainment 8?

Attainment 8 is similar to Progress 8, however this measures attainment rather than progress accross the years over the same 8 subjects.

How does the new GCSE assessment system work?

Many of you will know that the courses and exams for GCSE students were recently changed. The reason is to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to suceed and be graded fairly. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest educational systems throughout the world.

  • GCSEs in England will have a new scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest)
  • The old GCSE grading system do not directly compare, however alignments can be made between the letters A*-F and the Scale 9-1
  • They have been designed this way to differentiate between student performance, and support those students who sit at the top of their grade banding

Please see this short video from AQA to help you understand how the grade system translates.

Exam Rules and Regulations

  1. You must be on time for all your examinations.
  2. You must not become involved in any unfair or dishonest practice in any part of the examination.
  3. You must not sit an examination in the name of another candididate or have in your possession material or equipment which might give you an unfair advantage.
  4. Possession of any unauthorised material is breaking the rules, even if you do not intend to use it, and you will be subject to penalty and possible disqualification.
  5. You must not talk to, or attempt to communicate with or disturb other candidates once you have entered the examination room.
  6. You must follow the instructions of the invigilator.
  7. If an afternoon exam finishes before 3.10pm students will be allowed to leave the Academy early.



Possessions of Unauthorised items. such as a mobile phone, is a serious offence and could result in DISQUALIFICATION from your examination and your overall qualification.

These rules and regualtions for sitting exams are to ensure fairness and are set out by JCQ. Oasis Academy John Williams follow these rules strictly.