The new GCSEs are certainly not without their controversy with much more content longer and and harder exams and no controlled assessment and OFQUAL having to step in to stop students failing in combined higher. The double grades seem to be causing issues with how they are counted. Is a 4-3 a standard pass for one grade but not another? Or is it 4-4 and above needed. For eBacc 4-3 will count as 2 x 3.5 grades. JCQ haven’t published national figures for split grades so no idea how many students fall into the 4-3 category. Some more guidance would be helpful. I don’t miss CAUs and now prefer the level playing field but these first exams especially combined were very tough. It is also interesting that biology seems to be harder now than before. What are other people’s reflections on the new GCSEs? Will second time around be much easier?