Coronavirus (Covid 19) and Exams:
The position we currently find ourselves in with regard to exams and grading for those students who were due to sit exams, submit coursework, produce performances etc for external awards this season is as follows:
The awarding bodies will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will be following strict guidelines and methodology to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance in any mock exams taken and non-exam assessment.
The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
Update 16th April 2020 - Calculated grades (confirmed by Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary) will be provided to candidates at the original published dates of 13th August for GCE's and 20th August for GCSE's. If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis. If students do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.
Exam Updates:Please find below weblinks and downloads to guidance and information from the relevant Awarding Bodies and Educational Regulatory Departments:
** OFQUAL Consultation on Autumn 2020 Series - 22/05/20
** OFQUAL Consultation Conclusions on Exceptional Arrangements for Assessment and Grading - 22/05/20
** OFQUAL Vocational & Technical Assessment Consultation - 24th April 2020
** OFQUAL Exceptional Arrangements for Exam Grading & Assessment Public Consultation - 15th April 2020
** Cambridge Admissions STEP Exam - 6th April 2020
** Department for Education - Latest News
** Department for Education - Guidance on Cancellation of Exams
Exam Results & Scripts:
CCS Exams Handbook:
"Attainment in GCSE has been consistently above national averages over the past few yearsPupils now achieve GCSE attainment well above the national average. Eight out of 10 pupils achieve A* to C grades in English and mathematics, compared to around six out of 10 nationally. Over a third achieve the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects, compared to under a quarter nationally."
"Around four in 10 students go to Russell Group universities, compared with one in 10 nationally."