Calculation of GCSE and A-level grades – summer examination series 2020
We are aware that the Department for Education has now issued more detailed guidance through Ofqual about the award of grades to this year’s GCSE and A-level exam candidates.
The key messages from the Guidance to schools are clear and worth stressing.
The proposed process is fair and consistent. No student will be disadvantaged and they will be able to progress to the next stage of their education, training or employment.
In the event of a disagreement between the school and a candidate about the grade awarded, there will be an opportunity for that candidate to appeal and/or sit a formal exam later in the year.
The school is not required to set additional exams, tests or homework tasks in determining final grades. We will not be asking students to complete non-exam assessments (NEAs or coursework) where it is not yet finished. Neither are we expected to submit evidence to the Boards in support of grades awarded. We are required however to have a robust means of calculation and we are confident we have this.
As teachers, we cannot and must not share provisional grades or any other relevant data with you or our students for reasons set out in the guidance.
In summary, we believe this is a fair deal for schools and students. We will do everything in our power to ensure all our Year 11 and Year 13 students get the results they deserve after such a challenging year. Thank you for your support.
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