We trust that all our AGUK students and families are keeping safe and well, whilst we are all experiencing this ongoing and hugely challenging time for everyone. We wanted to let you know that Ofqual have now published the details of how grades will be awarded for GCSE and A Levels. It may take some time to for your school to absorb the guidance and the relevant advice from Examination Boards on the process of GCSE A Level gradings, so we advise a little patience here. On initial reading it is broadly in-line with much of what has been suggested and the expectations of schools.
Generally speaking, the requirement will be for teachers to provide evidence to support the awarding of grades. Evidence will have to be gathered and supplied to support gradings through the start of the Summer Term up until at least the 29 May, which is the earliest point at which examination boards can set a deadline. Ofqual have clarified that work we can use for evidence includes:
- Participation in performances (in subjects such as Music, Drama or PE)
- Non-examined assessment (whether complete or not)
- Results of mock exams
- Any other records of student performance over the course of study
We are aware that several schools are providing optional assessments, scheduled for the start of the Summer Term. Ofqual have clarified that work submitted after 20 March can be included in the evidence, but that no pupil should be disadvantaged if, due to their circumstances, they are unable to complete work.
We hope that you will have a good knowledge of the grades likely to be achieved from reports and recent conversations with tutors. If this is not the case, it is important to inform you, that from today Schools are not allowed by Ofqual to share with parents or pupils the final grades that will be submitted. We do strongly advise that you respect this guidance and do not contact individual teachers, tutors or Heads of Department regarding your child’s grades.
For further guidance and initial queries the Ofqual document aimed at pupils and parents can be found here.
Additionally, do contact the AGUK team, or do look out for your invite to our Academic REACH program and an e-meeting with the Education Director, where you will have the chance to discuss all of this and more face to face, online.