Teacher Assessed Grades – 2021

Information for Students Parents and Carers 

 

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 Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form 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.

How you will be assessed

Teachers will initially determine your grades, which will then be reviewed by Heads of Faculty.  The professional judgement of teachers will only be based on what you have been taught and your teachers will use a range of evidence from across the course of study to make their decision.


Teachers can assess you based on:

  • Records of your performance on the content you have been taught over the entire course of your studies.
  • Non-exam assessment, often referred to as coursework or internal assessments, even if you have not fully completed it.
  • Work you have produced in tasks set by the College that reflects the specification, format and marking of exam boards. This could include substantial classwork, homework, internal tests or mock exams.
  • The Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College also have the option to set tests for you in order to gather further evidence. Teachers can develop these tests or use assessment materials provided by the Exam Boards. Importantly, these tests are not formal exams, nor are they designed to play the role of exams. Your teachers do not need to assess you on every aspect of each subject.They just need a range of evidence that shows your performance on the aspects you have been taught. In most cases, the range of evidence that your teachers use to inform your grade will be consistent across your class or cohort for each qualification. However, the Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College may decide that a different range of evidence may be more appropriate to fairly inform your grade, if, for example, you have missed significantly more teaching than others in your class.

What work will be assessed?  

Your teachers will tell you which pieces of work will be used as evidence to inform your overall grade. You will have the opportunity to raise any concerns about the evidence being used, for example, if the evidence was affected by personal circumstances, such as illness. Your teacher will make the final judgement about what evidence is to be included – this is not a negotiation. Your teachers will not be able to tell you the grade they have submitted to the Exam Board.

How will the work be used? 

No single piece of evidence will necessarily be more important than another, as teachers will be assessing you based on a range of evidence that can give an overall picture of your performance. Ofqual has issued separate guidance to schools, colleges and teachers about the submission of Teacher Assessed Grades, including the evidence that can be used.

Determining Grades

Once all the evidence is selected and assessments are complete, teachers will decide on an overall grade. They will do this objectively – so, if you are performing consistently at a Grade B standard in a subject at A Level, you should be awarded a Grade B.

Exam Boards will provide further advice and guidance to show the standard of work expected for particular grades, including additional grade descriptors, to supplement those previously published by Ofqual. It is important to say that much like with exams in normal years, the grades issued by teachers, schools and colleges will not take account of your potential.

They will be a snapshot of the standard you are performing at based on a wide range of evidence. It should be no easier or harder for you to achieve a grade this year based on your performance than in previous years.

Once a teacher has determined your grade, it will be reviewed by Senior Managers and Heads of Faculty to ensure grades are determined consistently and in line with the Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College Policy. Exam Boards will check the College Policy to ensure it meets their requirements.

Reasonable adjustments, access arrangements and special consideration:

If you have special educational needs, and/or are disabled, and require reasonable adjustments, the Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College will have ensured that these were in place when evidence was gathered. Where appropriate reasonable adjustments were not in place when you took an assessment that is being used as evidence, your teacher should take that into account when determining your grade. The College could also consider whether other evidence could be used instead.

Special consideration requests will not apply in the usual way this summer because you will not be taking exams. If you think that your performance in an assessment has been affected by illness or personal circumstances, you should talk to your teacher about this as soon as possible. It is important that you raise any such instances before your grades are submitted.

If you have any questions about how your personal circumstances will be taken into account or want to raise anything with the College do so as soon as possible, you should not wait until after you get your results.


When will I get my results and what happens next?

  • AS and A Level
    Students’ will receive their results on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

  • GCSE
    Students will receive their results on – Thursday 12 August 2021.

  • Vocational Cambridge Technical
    Students will receive their results on – Tuesday 10 August 2021

  • BTEC Level 2
    Students will receive their results on – Thursday 12 August 2021.

  • BTEC Level 3
    Students will receive their results on – Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Information will be published regarding the collection of results, taking into account any COVID-19 or social distancing measures which are still in place in August 2021.


Enquiries About Results and Appeal

Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an enquiries system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on.

If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you may make an enquiry to the College. An electronic form will be available to make an enquiry. 

Enquiry About Results Stage 1

If you do not think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can enquire to the College who will review whether they have:

  • Made an administrative error, for example, they submitted an incorrect grade, or they used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
  • Did not apply a procedure correctly, for example, they did not follow the Teacher Assessed Grades 2021 Policy.

To help you decide whether to appeal, you can request that the College shares with you the following information on Results Day if not before:

  • The Teacher Assessed Grades 2021 Policy.
  • The sources of evidence used to determine your grade along with any grades/marks associated with them.
  • Details of any special circumstances that have been considered in determining your grade, for example, access arrangements, mitigating circumstances such as illness.

Appeals Stage 2:

If you still do not think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can request that the Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College appeal to the Exam Board, who will review if:


  • The College made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence.
  • The College did not apply a procedure correctly, for example, they did not follow the Teacher Assessed Grades Policy
  • The Exam Board made an administrative error, for example they changed your grade during the processing of grades.

At both stages of the process, you will need to submit your appeal to the Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College and give them your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the Exam Board on your behalf. This must be done by the individual student and not a parent / carer or third party.

Note: It is important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell the College so they can ask the Exam Board to prioritise your appeal.


The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

 Priority appeals window – 10 August to 7 September

 10 August to 16 August 2021
student requests a review by the Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College.

10 August to 20 August 2021
Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College conducts a review.

11 August to 23 August 2021
Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College submit appeal to Exam Board.


Majority of non-priority appeals take place – 10 August to end October

10 August to 3 September
student requests a review by the Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College.

10 August to 10 September
Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College conducts a review. 

11 August to 17 September
Cheadle College or Marple Sixth Form College submit appeal to Exam Board. 


Finally

If you believe the Exam Board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal, you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the Exam Board.