Understanding changes to 2021 Season GCSEs

These changes will effect current Block 5s.

1. There will be an extra question to choose from for the last section of the Foundation writing and an extra question in both essay sections of the Higher writing.

Example of a 2021 Foundation Writng paper

Example of a 2021 Higher Writing paper

2. Speaking will be continuous assessment and will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction but will not count to the overall GCSE grade. For the speaking there will be no role play or card but you will be assessed on general conversation topics. More information to follow.

3. For the most part, vocabulary will be limited to this list where possible: list

NB: one of the knock-on effects of the speaking being an endorsement is that the listening, reading and writing will now be worth 33% each instead of 25%. This means we cannot afford any weakness in any of these three skills.

Usual GCSE Skills Weighting in MFL

Listening

25%

Writing

25%

Reading

25%

Speaking

25%

2021 GCSE Skills Weightings in MFL

Listening

33%

Writing

33%

Reading

33%

Speaking

Endorsement

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