Teachers don't chase grades Eureka [and it's a number now]. The grades were made important by government imposed league tables. Headteachers then found themselves being measured on them. We have a thread talking about a standard of 60% [I assume that'll be adjusted to reflect the new number system]. The Headteachers then demand of their Middle Managers who demand of their teaching staff. The 'win' or the 'game' as you so tritely put it, is something that destroys education, destroys teachers careers and destroys any chance of children actually enjoying school and instead being put through a systematic series of hoop jumping exercises to fulfill exam board expectations while in desperate cases [read Majority] teachers will actively cheat on controlled assessment just to survive, no longer to even thrive. How anyone can find a sporting analogy in that is beyond me.