The word grade is in used the same way in both an American English and British English
a number or letter that shows how good someone's work or performance is
- Steve never studies, but he always gets good grades.
- uk Carla got a grade A in German.
An alternative word used mainly in British English is mark
us usually grade
a judgment, expressed as a number or letter, about the quality of a piece of work done at school, college, or university:
- What mark did you get in the biology exam?
- Matilda's had very good marks in/for English throughout the year.
- uk You scored full marks in the test - ten out of ten!
the process of judging the quality of a product, substance, or organization, or the performance of an employee:
The Medical Association has created a system of grading for organs that are to be donated.
grading rules/system/criteria Intel's three-month employee grading process begins in January.
a rank or level of quality given to a product, substance, person, or organization:
The primary school received a 'good' grading.
See Grading in Education
Grading in education is the process of applying standardized measurements of varying levels of achievement in a course. Grades can be assigned as letters (for example A through F), as a range (for example 1 to 6), as a percentage of a total number of questions answered correctly, or as a number out of a possible total (for example out of 20 or 100).
England and Wales
In the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam taken by secondary school students in England and Wales, grades generally range from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). However, in GCSE Science, Additional Science, Mathematics, Statistics, English Literature, English Language, and any Modern or Classical Foreign Language, there are two tiers (higher and foundation). In the higher tier, grades 9 to 4 can be achieved, while in the foundation tier, only grades 5 to 1 can be awarded. Generally, a 4 or above would be considered a pass and a 3 or below would be considered a fail by most institutions: for Mathematics and English Language and English Literature, and possibly Science, this would require a resit.
If an examined candidate does not score highly enough to get a grade 1, then he/she will be 'Unclassified'. This is often abbreviated to a 'U' as a final result.
and Grading systems by country for further information
The Express.co.uk article is basically saying the traditional British system of awarding letters A - G in the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), are to be replçaced with numbers 1 - 9
Traditional A*-G grades have been replaced in three subjects by a numerical system that scores children on a scale from 1-9.
GCSE results day 2017 saw students pick up numbered results in maths, English language and English literature only.
New grades will be rolled out for other GCSE subjects over the next two years, starting with science in 2018.
From Wikipedia (last link in paragraph above - GCSE)
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each GCSE qualification is in a particular subject, and stands alone, but a suite of such qualifications (or their equivalents) are generally accepted as the record of achievement at the age of 16, in place of a leaving certificate or baccalaureate qualification in other territories.
Studies for GCSE examinations generally take place over a period of two or three academic years (depending upon the subject, school, and exam board), starting in Year 9 or Year 10 for the majority of students, with examinations being sat at the end of Year 11. The GCSE was introduced as a replacement for the former O-Level (GCE Ordinary Level) and CSE (Certificate of Secondary Education) qualifications.
From 2015, a large-scale programme of reform began, changing the marking criteria and syllabi for most subjects, as well as the format of qualifications, and the grading system.5
Under the new scheme, all GCSE subjects were revised between 2015 and 2018, and all new awards will be on the new scheme by summer 2020. The new qualifications are designed such that most exams will be taken at the end of a full 2-year course, with no interim modular assessment, coursework, or controlled assessment, except where necessary (such as in the arts). Some subjects will retain coursework on a non-assessed basis, with the completion of certain experiments in science subjects being assumed in examinations, and teacher reporting of spoken language participation for English GCSEs as a separate report.
Other changes include the move to a numerical grading system, to differentiate the new qualifications from the old-style letter-graded GCSEs, publication of core content requirements for all subjects, and an increase in longer, essay-style questions to challenge students more. Alongside this, a variety of low-uptake qualifications and qualifications with significant overlap will cease, with their content being removed from the GCSE options, or incorporated into similar qualifications.
GCSE examinations in English and mathematics were reformed with the 2015 syllabus publications, with these first examinations taking places in 2017. The remainder will be reformed with the 2016 and 2017 syllabus publications, leading to first awards in 2018 and 2019, respectively.