According to the BBC, the overall proportion of GCSE entries achieving A* to C has declined from 69% to 66.9% with top A* grades reducing from 6.6% to 6.5%.

Moving forward, new measurements called Progress 8 and Attainment 8 will be introduced for all schools in 2016 (based on 2016 exam results, with the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores showing in performance tables published in late 2016/early 2017).

Progress 8 measures a student’s progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 across eight key subjects, while Attainment 8 is the students’ average achievement across these eight subjects. This new measure is designed to encourage schools to offer a broad, well-balanced curriculum to all students and not just concentrate on those who are expected to achieve a C grade or above, which was often the case with GCSEs.

Helping schools to measures each student’s progress is classroom management software, NetSupport School. With its dedicated assessment features, schools can choose from a wide range of tools to help assess students: from quizzes and surveys to its unique Q+A module, which adds a gamification element to assessment.