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GCSE Results 2022: Information And Next Steps For Teachers And School Leaders

GCSE exam papers are just around the corner and soon students will be receiving their GCSE results 2022. Third Space Learning is here to guide you through the busy exam series and keep you updated on GCSE results and analysis. 

This blog will be updated regularly over the coming months as new information about the 2022 GCSE exams and results becomes available. 

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GCSE 2022 exam dates 

For the first time in two years GCSEs are going ahead as usual.The GCSE 2022 dates for exams will take place throughout May and June of 2022, (the exam timetable has been published) and GCSE results day will be Thursday 25th August 2022

As we are maths specialists, we will focus primarily on the 2022 GCSE Maths exams and results. 

GCSE results 2022 adjustments and grade boundaries

This year, GCSE exams are getting back to normal, though with some modifications taking into account the disruption to learning over the past year. 

GCSE exams 2022 will have a reduced syllabus. For most subjects, exam boards have released advanced information indicating what topics will feature on exams, and in the case of mathematics, formula sheets will also be allowed. This is aimed to focus students’ GCSE maths revision time and help teachers to plan content. 

Third Space Learning’s online, one-to-one GCSE revision tuition also helps students to focus their revision by personalising the material covered to fill each individual student’s gaps and preparing them for the exam. With a wide range of GCSE maths past papers, GCSE maths worksheets and GCSE maths questions, Third Space Learning familiarises students with the type of materials covered in the exam as well as how questions are marked.

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GCSE grade boundaries will be more lenient in 2022, with a new ‘midpoint’ being set between the grade boundaries used in 2019 and those used in teacher assessed grading in 2021. 

GCSEs during the pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and disruption to learning, GCSE exams did not take place as usual during 2020 or 2021, with adaptations instead. Instead, the department of education determined a variety of different means were used to produce grades for students, often with controversial outcomes. 

GCSE results 2020

In 2020, an algorithm developed by Ofqual was designed to assign GCSE grades. Centre assessments were to be put through the model which used schools’ past performance and expected national outcomes to ‘standardise’ grades. 

In response to controversy over how a similar model had down-graded A-Level results, this plan was scrapped three days before GCSE results were announced, with results instead coming from students’ centre assessment grade or calculated grade, whichever was higher.

In 2020, the proportion of GCSE candidates receiving the highest three grades rose from 21.9% in 2019 to 27.6% in 2020. Students achieving a 4 or above rose from 70% to 79% in England. In maths, the proportion of students who gained a 7 and above rose from 20% to 24%, and those who gained a 4 and above rose from 71.5% to just above 77%.

GCSEs results 2021

In 2021, grades were awarded by teachers based on what grade they believe a student would have earned if they had sat the exam. Mock exams, in-class tests and other non-exam assessments that had already been completed were used to assess students’ performance. 

Results in 2021 were even higher than in 2020, with the rate of students achieving 7 and above rising to 28.9% in 2021, from 26.2% in 2020. The rate of those who earned a 4 and above rose to 77.1% in 2021 up from 76.3% in 2020.

When are resits?

For students who did not score as highly as they had hoped,  there is the possibility to resit GCSE exams. Maths and English resits will take place in November of 2022. Resits for other exams will be during the 2023 exam season.

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Vanessa Sipple-Asher
Vanessa Sipple-Asher
Content Editor
Vanessa edits a lot of the content that you see on the Third Space Learning blog and once in a while, she gets the chance to write articles about maths education and how Third Space Learning can help students and teachers.
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FREE GCSE Maths Practice Papers - 2022 Topics

Practice paper packs based on the advanced information for the Summer 2022 exam series from Edexcel, AQA and OCR. 



Designed to help your GCSE students revise some of the topics that will come up in the Summer exams.

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