Teachers are working hard in preparing students for assessments, marking and moderating to ensure that this grading is in line with national expectations. Students have responded very well and are clearly working incredibly hard to complete the assessments to the best of their ability and with a level of maturity.
We are now over halfway through the assessment window. As you will have seen from the assessment timetable, which can be found at the link below, students still have a number of
assessments to complete. In order for them to achieve the grade they are capable of it is going to be critical that they remain focused for the remainder of this time.
You will find several key pieces of information here, which have come from the Joint Council for Qualifications. These include the centre policy which all schools must have, the appeals process and policy, and the malpractice policy.
The examination results will be available for collection from the Academy on the following days:
• A Levels/Level 3 BTEC – Tuesday, 10 August 2021
• GCSE/Level 2 BTEC – Thursday, 12 August 2021
More information about the collection of results will be shared with families nearer to the time.
Click here to view Year 11 Assessment Calendar – link to PDF
The purpose of this policy is:
• To ensure that teacher assessed grades are determined fairly, consistently, free from bias and effectively within and across departments.
• To ensure the operation of effective processes with clear guidelines and support for staff.
• To ensure that all staff involved in the processes clearly understand their roles and responsibilities.
• To support teachers to take evidence-based decisions in line with Joint Council for Qualifications guidance.
• To ensure the consideration of historical centre data in the process, and the appropriate decision making in respect of, teacher assessed grades.
• To support a high standard of internal quality assurance in the allocation of teacher assessed grades.
• To support our centre in meeting its obligations in relation to equality legislation.
• To ensure our centre meets all requirements set out by the Department of Education, Ofqual, the Joint Council for Qualifications and awarding organisations for Summer 2021 qualifications.
• To ensure the process for communicating to candidates and their parents/carers how they will be assessed is clear, in order to give confidence.
Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has decided that the Summer 2021 examination series will not go ahead as planned. Instead, teachers will determine your grades, based upon a range of evidence verified by your school or college.
These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect your performance on content you have been taught, and allow you to confidently progress to the next stage of your education or into employment.
This JCQ document provides an overview of the most important information that you and your parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer.
This includes a timeline of what is happening and when; how teachers, schools and colleges will determine your grades; and when you will receive your results. JCQ and the exam boards have been working together actively to support teachers, schools and colleges to determine your grades this summer. Your school or college will be setting their own approach for teachers to follow which will be developed in line with guidance from the exam boards, Ofqual and the Department for Education.
Karla Fletcher manages malpractice, in accordance with the JCQ General Regulations for Approved Centres (section 5.11). Under normal delivery arrangements we take all reasonable steps to prevent the occurrence of any malpractice (which includes maladministration) before, during and after examinations and report and investigate as detailed in the school exam policy according to the requirements.
- Ensures any cases of alleged, suspected or actual incidents of malpractice or maladministration before, during or after examinations/assessments (by centre staff, candidates, invigilators) are investigated and reported to the awarding body immediately, by completing the appropriate documentation
Our general centre policies regarding malpractice, maladministration and conflicts of interest have been reviewed to ensure they address the specific challenges of delivery in Summer 2021.
Purpose of the policy
This policy addresses malpractice under the specific arrangements for delivery in Summer 2021.
The government has said that many exams and assessments cannot be held fairly this year as a result of the disruption students have faced due to the pandemic.
Your teachers will instead submit grades to the exam boards, based on their assessment of what you have shown you know and can do, enabling you to progress to the next stage of your education, training, or employment.
This guide outlines the arrangements in place for awarding grades in summer 2021, and where you can go for additional information.