Exams and Assessment Arrangements - Summer 2021

Alternative Arrangements
for GCSEs this Summer 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer 2021 GCSE exams have been cancelled.   Instead of sitting an exam, a pupil will have their grade calculated by a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG).    We are working very hard to follow the Ofqual/JCQ/Govermnent Guideance to assess and calculate these grades.   

Teacher Assessed Grades for GCSE and Entry Level exams have been carefully considered, following guidelines set by Government and Ofqual.  We have use a range of evidence such as past test results, mock exam papers and teacher judgement.

Click here to read our Assessment Policy For Determining Teacher Asssessed Grades 2021 

Student Guide to Awarding - GCSEs and A Levels - Summer 2021

Please find attached "Student Guide to Awarding - Summer 2021" produced by Ofqual.  This explains in detail how student grades have been calculated this year.


Functional Skills Exams this Summer 2021

Functional Skills exams in Maths and English took place in June as normal, with social distancing measures in place.  Results will be available on 12 August 2021.

Exams Results for Entry Level Certificates will be available to the student on return to school in September 2021.     


Exams Results

Exams Results for Functional Skills and GCSEs will be available to students on 12 August.   We will email the results from 8am on 12 August to the student's school gmail email address.  Results will also be posted out first class on 12 August and will be with you as soon as the post allows.


Appeals Process - Summer 2021

Should you not feel your grade has been assessed correctly,  a unique 2 stage appeals process has been put in place this year.

    • Stage one – Centre review
      • If a student feels their grade is wrong, they should speak to their school or college first to check if there was a mistake in determining or submitting the grade.
      • If there was a mistake, schools and colleges can submit a revised grade to the exam board to consider.
      • Please see below for details of the process and deadline dates for submitting the request for Appeal.
         
    • Stage two – Exam board review
      • If schools and colleges don’t find a mistake but the student still believes that their grade is wrong, they can ask their school or college to submit a formal appeal to the exam board for them. Students can appeal if they believe any of the following applies:
        • there was an error in the way the school or college followed or applied its procedure for determining their grade
        • the school or college did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine their grade
        • the school or college did not make a reasonable judgement about their grade based on the evidence gathered.
      • If an appeal is submitted to an exam board, schools and colleges will need to supply the complete evidence in support of the student’s grade.
  • Correcting results – Students should be aware that their grade could go up, down, or stay the same.

 How to Appeal

If a candidate wishes to appeal their grade, we will need to follow the two step process:

Stage One - Centre Review

Please complete the JCQ Student Request for Review of Grade form, and email it as an attachment to: anorris@meadowhighschool.org and meadow@meadowhighschool.org.

The request for an Appeal should be made between 12 August (results day) and no later than
10 September 2021

The School (exams centre) will formally respond to your request as soon as possible.

Please note that, as part of the appeal and review process, your grade could go up or down.

 

Stage Two - Exam Board Review

If a candidate has had their grade reviewed by the exams centre (school) and is still not happy with their grade, 

  • If schools and colleges don’t find a mistake but the student still believes that their grade is wrong, they can ask their school or college to submit a formal appeal to the exam board for them. Students can appeal if they believe any of the following applies:
    • there was an error in the way the school or college followed or applied its procedure for determining their grade
    • the school or college did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine their grade
    • the school or college did not make a reasonable judgement about their grade based on the evidence gathered.
  • If an appeal is submitted to an exam board, schools and colleges will need to supply the complete evidence in support of the student’s grade.

The formal request in writing to the exams board must be made by the school no later than
17 September 2021.    The candidate will need to complete the JCQ Request to Exam Board for Review form, then the school will make the application for them to the exam board.

 


 

Please find attached the JCQ A Guide To Appeals Process Summer 2021 series