On 18th March 2020 the Education Secretary announced that schools would close and this Summer’s examinations for GCSEs and A-levels in England would be cancelled to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This also applied to AS and vocational qualifications.
Ofqual have now announced how grades will be awarded.
Sally Collier, the Chief Regulator of Ofqual has written a letter to students explaining how grades will be awarded:
The Education Secretary has instructed Ofqual, the exams regulator, to implement a process to ensure that all students receive an appropriate grade in lieu of exams. The grades awarded will be indistinguishable from grades awarded to students in previous or future years (9-1, A*-E, D*-P etc). You will receive a grade for every subject for which you are entered.
This might be needed to help the school and exam boards decide on an appropriate grade.
We are being asked to provide a centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade students would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Judgements should balance different sources of evidence such as:
We will then provide a rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges.
The school has a large amount of information about your work throughout your GCSE /sixth form course, your recent assessments and your subsequent work. Your assessments (mocks) will not be the only factor influencing your grade. Any new work that you undertake at home will not affect your grade. We encourage you to keep studying subjects that will support your future study and career aspirations.
Please do not make unfair requests of your teachers.
We have been told that we must not share their centre assessment grades with students, parents or carers, under any circumstances, until after final results are issued.
Please contact Mrs Ashton, email@example.com with as much detail as possible, we will use this information as part of the ‘special consideration’ process.
Teacher judgements should reflect how the students would have performed under ordinary circumstances. Where illness or other personal circumstances might have affected performance in mock exams, centres should bear that in mind when making their judgements.
The national KS5 (A-level) and KS4 (GCSE) results days have not been confirmed, however, Ofqual, the exam regulator hope that results will be available by the end of August 2020, though it might be earlier.
Once we know the dates, we will email students and parents to confirm the arrangements for collecting results and sixth form admission, this typically occurs on the same day as GCSE results are issued.
The full details are yet to be confirmed, but Ofqual have confirmed there will be an appeal process available to students once results are released.
There will also be an opportunity to take exams in some or all of your subjects during the Autumn term (2020) or Summer exam season (2021) if you are unhappy with your grade.
Once the details of the results days are known we will be in a better position to confirm the arrangements for Sixth Form admission. We will contact you.
You will receive a full set of grades for the subjects that you have studied.
The universities are aware of the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and are working with UCAS to ensure that students are not adversely affected.
These will be assessed in the same way as other qualifications, therefore you will receive a grade.
[ Currently 03/04/2020 ] It is expected this will follow the same process as for GCSE and A-levels, however, we are still awaiting guidance.
[ Currently 03/04/2020 ] Ofqual do not want to issue a grade to students in Year 9 or Year 10, instead students will sit the exam next year. However, they are consulting on this at the moment. - We are writing to them to express our concerns about this.
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