The Department for Education have decided that from 2017, Cambridge International Level 1 / Level 2 Certificates in First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics will not count towards performance tables. Other subjects will not be included in performance tables from the first year that the equivalent reformed GCSEs are examined e.g. Cambridge International Level 1 / Level 2 Certificate in History will remain in performance tables until 2017, but will not count from 2018.
Please be reassured that the decision does not affect examinations in 2015 and 2016. Cambridge International Level 1 / Level 2 Certificates in First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics will count towards performance tables up to and including 2016.
We have developed new Cambridge IGCSEs in First Language English, English Literature and Mathematics which are Ofqual-regulated and approved for funding in state schools. This means that schools in England are able to take the new Cambridge IGCSEs but their results will not be included in the Government’s performance tables. Our new Cambridge IGCSEs offer the same breadth and depth as the reformed GCSEs in England and have a 9-1 grading scale. We have published our new syllabuses and specimen papers at www.cie.org.uk/igcse9-1.
Unregulated Cambridge IGCSEs (eg. 0500) will remain available to schools in the UK and around the world. They will remain graded A*–G. These versions of the qualifications will not be reported in the performance tables and will not attract funding.
Cambridge IGCSEs will continue to be recognised by universities and employers so students will not be disadvantaged in any way.