Grade 9 are following a course of studies according to the specification in the Cambridge
iGCSE English Language and English Literature Syllabi which are terminal exam courses.
This means that only two of the formal coursework assignments students submit count
towards the 25% coursework component for English Literature and the Speaking & Listening
tests count as the 30% coursework component for English Language. All other classwork
is formative and unreported. The terminal exam is 70% or 75% of the final grade and
is therefore the most important component of the course. The grade thresholds for
both syllabi are very different and in themselves can vary slightly from year to
year. For the purposes of reporting assessment for this semester, the June 2016 grade
thresholds have been used.
For English Language, the coursework components are a listening and speaking test,
both of which have been taken by Grade 9 students. These tests are weighted at 15%
each, the exam is 70% of the final grade. For English Literature 25% of the mark
is for their novel coursework assignment and 75% is for their exam. The resulting
GCSE A*-C grades have then been converted to the school’s 1-7 scale with an A* equalling
7 and so on down to a Grade F/G which equals 1.
Unfortunately, iGCSE weighting is almost the exact opposite to the system employed
in school which has an 80% coursework/20% exam split. Also the school reporting system
does not recognise that Grade 9 students are studying two different iGCSE courses
so on the report form ‘No Grade’ (N/G) has been recorded. Student attainment for
both courses is reported in the body of the report.