TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES
INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES PROCESS 2021
You will be aware that this year, as in 2020, colleges are required to submit assessment grades to examination boards for all Level 2 and 3 qualifications including A levels, GCSEs and BTECs. Our process is designed to ensure that the achievements and attainment of our students are recognised. We will ensure that the most robust use is made of the evidence available to arrive at a grade.
Assessments will continue to take place in the weeks before May half term. Times of assessment and content have been shared with students by their individual teachers. We will also have arrangements in place to ensure that any student who is unable to take an assessment through absence will not be disadvantaged (see below).
Typically, students will have completed between four and 12 assessments in each subject, contributing to the Student Assessment Record of evidence. This record will be provided for students to sign before the 21st May, although it is very likely they will already know and understand which pieces of evidence will be used to inform their Teacher Assessed Grade. The overall volume of assessment will be comparable to that taking place in a formal examination series in a typical year, and/or ongoing coursework, but may be broken down into shorter assessments. This will help our students prepare and will support our students to provide the best evidence possible.
Absence for assessment
I understand that students, parents and carers may have concerns about what will happen if they are absent for an assessment. Should this occur, we will use appropriate substitute evidence to ensure a sufficiently broad base of evidence. Staff will consider when, and under what conditions the substitute evidence was produced to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by this process.
Standards and Verification
Please note that our process is subject to verification by the Examination Boards and we are required to apply the same standard as would be used in normal years. While staff will work carefully to arrive at the most robust grade in each case, they are required to follow a strict evidence-based procedure. In particular:
- Each grade is arrived at by an appropriate consideration of the evidence by a qualified member of staff and the reasons supporting the judgement recorded. All appropriate circumstances will be considered.
- Each grade is then reviewed independently by a second qualified person, and the results of this review recorded.
- If any difference of judgement occurs, the grade is reviewed. A third, qualified Senior Manager will conduct this process. The result of the review is recorded.
- The provisional grades are reviewed against typical patterns of grades from past years. Any significant differences are explored and the reasons recorded or the standard of award reviewed. The results of this process are recorded by a designated member of the Management Team.
- Our process and results are then reviewed by the Examination Boards and a sample of assessment materials may be called for. The Examination Boards will approve our submission of grades and validate the results to be given on Results Days. These are 10th (Level 3/advanced level) and 12th (Level 2/GCSE) of August
Communication of Results
We are not permitted to share information about final grades until Results Day. While we understand that this may be frustrating to some, it is the same arrangement as in normal years.
Please follow the link for our Centre Policy for Teacher Assessed Grades, which includes all the paperwork we will be using as part of this process.
We wish all our students good luck with their ongoing assessment work, and thank you to parents and carers for the support you offer to our students and college community throughout the year.