CCEA Statement on Ministerial decision on GCSE grading

We are pleased that the Minister has moved swiftly to review policy and provide his decision on the future of grading for GCSEs in Northern Ireland.

CCEA, as the Qualifications Regulator, has a statutory responsibility to ensure that qualifications taken by learners here are comparable to similar qualifications taken by learners in other parts of the United Kingdom. 

We will start work immediately on the technical implementation of the new grading and continue to ensure that our qualifications remain comparable to other similar qualifications elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

The CCEA awarding organisation is reviewing its GCSE courses for first teaching in September 2017. The Minister’s decision will be incorporated into the revision process.  This will mean that the first GCSE subject awards with new grading as announced today will be in Summer 2019.

You can read the Minister of Education’s full statement below.

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