Summer examinations for GCSEs, A-levels and BTEC have been cancelled.
If you currently have assignments outstanding, it is important you continue to work on these remotely from home to allow you to complete your course and be awarded with the correct grade.
We know that learners are understandably anxious about the cancellation of external examinations and the predicted grades that will be awarded as a result.
We are awaiting further guidance from the WJEC in relation (for A-level & GCSE) to teacher assessed grades and the process of submitting this information. We have provided a summary below of what we do know and what we are still seeking clarification on below – we hope this is helpful to you.
We ask at this time that you do not contact your subject tutor directly regarding your teacher assessed grade. They cannot give any true indication of what this grade will be as we are not fully informed at this stage. Please continue to engage with your subject tutors about your learning as outlined in our remote learning expectations.
If you have any questions, please send them to email@example.com if you are an A-Level learner and to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a GCSE learner and we will get back to you.
What we currently know:
- There has been an indication as to how predicted grades will be awarded. This will be done by drawing upon a range of evidence:
- Marks for completed work to date e.g. AS grades
- Standardised teacher assessed grades which will be based on what teachers would expect a learner to achieve at the end of the course. They need to represent a fair, reasonable and carefully considered judgement of the most likely grade that might be achieved in normal circumstances. This is a professional judgement based on the combined assessment information held for that learner and will be a holistic judgement rather than focusing on a single source of evidence like mock examinations. These are not target grades or aspirational grades and are not related to performance measures e.g. ALPS Minimum Expected Grades.
- There is going to be a focus on GCSE, A-Level and WBQ results.
- Grades for Year 10 or AS students will not be awarded by the examining body.
- The UCAS admissions cycle will not be affected and will run to its normal timetable – A2 learners will progress to university for the course start date.
- There may be an option for Year 10 and AS learners to sit an examination early in the next academic year should they wish to.
- Learners will be allowed to sit their examinations in summer 2021 should they wish to.
- The teacher assessed grade may not be your final grade – the awarding body will combine this with other relevant data such as prior attainment and calculate a grade for each student.
- For the wide range of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) used for progression and taken in schools, colleges and training providers, OFQUAL are considering how similar arrangements to those set out for GCSEs, AS and A levels could be applied.
- Some form of teacher calculated grade, or other form of estimation based on assessment that has already taken place, will be possible in many cases.
- For other qualifications, it might be more appropriate to adapt the assessment or delivery arrangements so that everyone can have confidence in the outcome.
- And for some qualifications that signify occupational competence or award a licence to practise in safety-critical industries, assessment might need to be delayed in order to ensure public safety and meet the needs of employers.
What we currently do not know:
- How results will be collected by schools and colleges and sent to the awarding body.
- The weighting of each element listed as a contributor to predicted grades.
- When results will be released to learners e.g. if a results day will be held and when this will be.
- When the awarding body will timetable examinations early in the next academic year for learners who wish to sit one.
The above information has been collated from the following press releases/statements:
We will keep this page updated with developments as we receive them.