Ofqual guidance directs centres to make estimates of grades and rankings which will then be checked and moderated. This gives schools, colleges and teachers the flexibility within overall parameters to be as fair as possible to pupils within each subject. Headteachers and senior leaders will be actively engaged in ensuring that the grades submitted by their school or college are appropriate and that there is an overall process of control and oversight.
The definition of a “Centre Assessment Grade” is the teacher’s professional judgement of the grade the student would most likely have achieved if they had sat exams this summer and completed any non-exam assessment. It is based on our teachers understanding of each individual student's abilities.
Step 1 - The first step in the process of assigning a Centre Assessment Grade is for a teacher to consider each individual student, assigning them a Professional Judgement Grade in their group(s).
Step 2 - The second step starts with a group discussion, including the other teachers and the Head of Department of the subject, to combine the groups and students within them.
Step 3 - The third step is moderation. This step is undertaken by members of the College Leadership Team, in conjunction with the Heads of Department.
The subjects are moderated by using data from previous years course performance. Using this subject performance data some students’ grades are adjusted up or down to ensure the performance of each course is consistent with performance over previous years.
The ranking of individual students on the course is not changed in the moderation process.
Awarding bodies will then put the centre assessed grades through a standardisation process to ensure grading standards are consistent across all centres. The rank order of candidates will not be changed but the final grades received may be different to the centre assessed grade. On candidate statements of results and certificates, final grades will be reported in the same way as in previous years.
If you have a concern about a grade you have been awarded, you can ask the Exams Officer to:
Following release of results Ofqual will be providing information for students that sets out how their grades were calculated this year and the options available if it is believed that their result was not properly produced. They also have a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer.
The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state that candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.
A candidate can:
A candidate cannot:
Any candidate who received a calculated grade in summer 2020 will have the opportunity to sit the exam/s should they wish in either autumn 2020 or summer 2021. The autumn series will take place during the dates below.
The college will cover the exam entry cost and no fees will be charged to students.
Please note not all boards and Ofqual have released all their guidance. This summary may change.