A SHAKE-UP of GCSE grades will give the appearance of children learning things.
Exam body Ofqual and schools secretary Michael Gove have unveiled a plan to create the impression that England has some kind of education system.
Mr Gove said: “The old system of using letters to label exam performance was not generating a sufficiently authentic belief that children were acquiring knowledge.
“By using numbers, in many cases as high as Nine, everyone will think that everything is going extremely well.
“And we can also use it as a benchmark to make it seem as if we are competing with the Chinese.”
Nathan Muir, a 14 year-old from Hatfield, said: “Imagine getting a Nine. You would seem so clever. Much clever than you would seem if you got an A.
“I want to seem Nine clever.”