Teacher Assessed Grades

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Dear Parents/Carers,

 

As you may be aware, last week saw the publication of Ofqual’s response to their consultation on the awarding of grades for GCSEs and A levels in summer 2021. Please see the attached infographic which summarises the grading process. 

How GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded in summer 2021

Ofqual report, please follow this link: 

Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Some aspects that will be useful for you to be aware of: 

  • Grades will be awarded by teachers, using a broad range of evidence, drawn from work completed across the whole of each course. This bank of evidence can include completed papers from ‘mini-tests’ supplied by the exam boards, mock exam and tests already completed, classwork and homework along with further tests and assessments carried out. 
  • Mock exams therefore will be delayed and not placed in the hall as planned this term. Instead, in-class assessments will take place early next term. Evidence will continue  to be collected in all lesson time remaining so students must participate with all work set. 
  • There will be no algorithm  applied to the grades this year. 
  • There will be an appeals process that students can use if they believe that their grade has been awarded unfairly. (More detail about this process will be sent to you later this year, but it would perhaps be useful to emphasise at this point that the appeals process will not involve any remarking of work: it is going to be a checking process designed to spot and correct obvious errors – e.g. where a grade has been transcribed incorrectly from a record sheet into a submission form.) 
  • Grades will be awarded by the exam boards but on the recommendation of schools and every school will be expected to have a robust internal Quality Assurance process in place to allow for the fair and consistent assigning of grades.
  • Exam boards will be expected to carry out external Quality Assurance, and to respond to any situations where they have concerns about grades being awarded by schools. 

The deadline to submit grades to the GCSE and A level grades to exam boards is  18th  June nationally so it is crucial that students continue to engage fully with their lessons and assignments for the rest of the academic year. This will be vital if they are to receive grades that reflect fully their ability and their investment in learning. We will continue to update parents and carers on the processes and each subject area will inform students on any formal assessments that will take place in class to support the collation of evidence. 

Guidance for BTECs and the International Baccalaureate in summer 2021:

  • BTEC – grades will be awarded by the exam board based on the teacher assessed grades submitted by the Academy. These will be based on the work submitted for students portfolio units along with exam units which will be based on assessments, mocks and student work. It is therefore essential that students continue to work to the best of their abilities on all aspects of the course and complete work in line with the advice given by their class teachers. The deadline for Btec and Vocational grades is the same as GCSE/ A level –18th June.  A summary of the guidance can be found here: How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded 2021
  • International Baccalaureate –  We follow the IB in some of 6th form courses and all coursework will be marked by the exam board, including the Reflective Project as part of the Core. The Academy will submit a final teacher assessed grade based on evidence from coursework, internal assessments, mocks and student work. The deadline to submit grades for IB English is the 15th March and for all other IB subjects is the 20th April. A summary of the grading process is available here: Predicted grades for the May 2021 exam series.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support, we realise this is an anxious time for many parents/carers and students with regards to their final outcomes. Please be assured that as an Academy we will do our very best to ensure students receive the grades that are a true reflection of their hard work. 

If there are any further questions please do hesitate to contact the academy on info@stroodacademy.org

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Chris Simmons

Assistant Principal