Teacher Assessed Grades 2020-2021
The arrangements for awarding grades to pupils in Summer 2021 includes internal and external quality assurance measures which aim to ensure that on results day, pupils are issued with fair and consistent grades that have been objectively reached.
As a school we have endeavoured to keep pupils and parents informed at every stage via letters, emails, assemblies and information events. Below briefly bullet points the actions taken to ensure that the grades awarded are fair and accurate for all of our pupils:
- A detailed Teacher Assessed Grade (“TAG”) policy was drafted and shared with all Key Stage 4 and 5 teaching staff in March 2021 – Please see policy on the website under Curriculum > Teacher Assessed Grades
- Communication strategy - to share the relevant content from this policy with pupils and parents/carers.
- Subject Leaders submitted a curriculum coverage audit, assessment rationale and list of evidence they planned to use to award the final TAG in March 2021.
- A list of all pupils who were adversely affected above and beyond their peers was collated and continually updated. This was given consideration when finalising grades; however, the school must have evidence of a pupil’s ability to work at a particular grade.
- During the staff INSET day on 19th April 2021, time was allocated to the planning of the summer assessment process, including standardisation and moderation plans. Where possible, standardisation and moderation has taken place both in school and between schools.
- A detailed Teacher Assessed Grade policy was amended and a finalised version was sent to JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) for review on 30th April; there were no alterations or amendments required.
- All subjects provided a copy of their final summer assessment paper(s) which was quality assured by another member of that subject team / the Senior Leadership Team.
- The summer assessment timetable was shared widely to all necessary people with opportunities for pupils who missed assessments to take these at a later date. These assessments included standardised testing for some pupils in English and Maths.
- All subjects provided initial TAG grades by 19th May. Where assessments occurred close to or after this date, amendments were made retrospectively where this evidence altered the grade. These applied to all GCSE, A’ Level and vocational courses.
- In-school analysis of the results was carried out. This included individual anomalies and historical patterns by subject and cohort.
- Quality assurance meetings were carried out for every qualification during the week beginning 24th May and 7th June. These were attended by the subject lead, Dr Tesca Bennett (Executive Principal), Mr Marvin Charles (Senior Vice Principal) and Mr Stuart Watkin (Vice Principal for 6th Form). These meetings had an agenda circulated in advance and candidates’ evidence was quality assured including a discussion on the rational being the TAG decisions and the evidence used to support these. Actions from these meetings were documented and completed prior to the TAG grades being agreed.
- Pupils’ evidence files (physical and digital) were collated and physical evidence stored in a locked cabinet or cupboard which has highly limited access by senior staff responsible for assessments.
- Final TAG grades were analysed by the Federation Executive Team on 10th June 2021 and a formal meeting between the Federation Executive Team, including all Principals and the CEO, was held on 11th June.
- Final checks were carried out in the week beginning 14th June by Mr Charles and Mrs White, Exams Manager, before final submission.
- The final TAG grades were submitted on 17th June.
- In the week beginning 24th June, exam boards will contact the school to request evidence for at least 5 pupils from 2 subjects at year 11 and 1 subject at year 13. This is a minimum and they may request more or further evidence.
Pupils will receive their results on 10th August (Year 13) or 12th August (Year 11) 2021. Once a pupil has received their results, they have the right to appeal, should they believe the grade provided is not accurate. There are two stages to an appeal outlined below:
Stage 1 – Centre Review Appeal
This must be submitted in advance of a stage 2 appeal. Should you wish to submit a stage 1 appeal you will need to complete an appeal application form. This can be found on the school’s website - Stage 1 – Center Review Appeal Notification Form
The criteria for a Stage 1 – Centre review appeal are:
- If a pupil 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.
We will contact you to notify you of the outcome of your stage 1 appeal and will provide you with information on how to make a stage 2 appeal should you wish to do so.
Please note that all Stage 1 appeals must be submitted by 18th August 2021 for Year 11 and 13.
Stage 2 – Exam Board review
This must be submitted following a Stage 1 Centre Review appeal. Should you wish to submit a stage 1 appeal you will need to complete an appeal application form. This can be found on the school’s website – Stage 2 – Exam Board Review Notification Form
If schools and colleges do not find a mistake but the pupil 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. Pupils 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 pupil’s grade.
Stage 2 appeal deadlines
- Priority appeals (for pupils applying to higher education who did not get their first choice, and wish to appeal an A-level or other Level 3 qualification result) must be submitted to the school by 22nd August 2021.
- All other appeals must be submitted to the school by 15th September 2021 (non-priority appeals).
Pupils must be aware that their grade could go up, down, or stay the same.