Careful use of language when describing GCSE grades
When I took on responsibility for whole school data tracking I noticed a large gap in achievement between SEND students and others. At the time, the pressure on schools was based on getting grades C and above. This focus was found to be making students believe grades below a C were worthless. We found if SEND students were predicted grades lower than a grade C they gave up because they felt they were going to fail their GCSE. When we changed our language about emphasizing that a grade G was a level 1 pass, students were more positive about their attainment.