Exam Information - Summer 2020
How will your grades be calculated?
As a result of the government's decision to cancel exams, we have been asked to provide the exam boards with:
- ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for all subjects that you were entered for, based on the available evidence and what your teachers felt you most likely would have achieved, if you had sat an examination this year
- A ‘rank order’ of all learners within each grade for the subject, based on what your teachers felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances
Your teachers will have based their decisions on a range of evidence, including any work you may have completed in class, coursework, any prior exam or mock results, and your general performance during the course. The grades submitted to the exam boards were agreed by the centre following an internal quality assurance process involving subject teachers, Heads of Department and Senior Leadership staff and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher. Information that was submitted to the exam boards was checked by two members of the exams team and signed off by the Head teacher.
Exam boards have put these grades through a standardisation process, using a statistical model developed by Ofqual. This ensures fairness and consistency, by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and colleges and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next. If grading judgements in some schools and colleges appear to be more generous or severe than others, individual grades may be adjusted up or down to reflect that.
Ofqual, the qualifications regulator who designed the statistical model, have created an infographic to help explain the process that all awarding organisations will be using this year.
OFQUAL guidance: Student guide to post-16 qualifications results: Summer 2020
On 17th August 2020, Ofqual announced that GCSE students would be awarded the highest of their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), which were provided by schools, and the grade calculated by Ofqual using their algorithm. This also applies to Cambridge National Qualifications. NCFE who run VCert qualifications, have used a different algorithm to calculate their grades and will be awarding calculated grades which may be lower than CAGs.
When will you find out your results?
- Thursday 13 August 2020 – AS/A-levels & Level 3 qualifications
- Thursday 20 August 2020 – GCSE & Level 1/2 qualifications
Arrangements for results days
Although this year’s A-Level and GCSE results days will happen on the planned days, current guidance still states that large gatherings are not permitted and therefore it has been necessary to make alternative arrangements this year so that students do not come onto the school site to collect results.
Results will be emailed to students by 10:30 am on the above days. For students in post 16, results will be emailed to the personal email address for that student held on the school information system. For students in year 11, results will be emailed to the student’s school email address. It is important that year 11 students check that they can access their school email account and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they are having difficulties.
Concerns about your results
On results day, if you would like to speak to a member of staff about your results or would like some advice and guidance on your next steps, the following will be available:
Telephone helpline – 07391 935 449
8:00 – 4:00pm 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st August
Post 16 courses
Post 16 queries
Your call will be directed to the most appropriate person who will contact you as soon as possible to either arrange a physical/virtual meeting or to discuss next steps on the phone
At all other times
Exam queries. Please include your name and year group
The email inbox will be checked regularly and emails will be forwarded to the most appropriate person who will get back to you within 48 hours
Drop In Service
8.30am - 2.30pm
Thursday 20 August 2020
Mrs Barker will be available to meet with parents and students in school to discuss exam queries
At results time, Ofqual will be providing information that sets out how grades were calculated this year and the options available, including access to appeal. The National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline offers advice each year for students who have not received the results they had hoped for. Ofqual will also make a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer.
Awarding bodies will also be likely to provide information for students about results.
Concerns about your results
If you have concerns about a grade you have been awarded, you can ask email@example.com to:
- check whether an error was made when submitting your centre assessment grade and rank order to the awarding body
- raise a complaint if you feel you have evidence of bias or that you were discriminated against; you could also pass such evidence on to the awarding body who could investigate for potential malpractice
- seek any information the awarding body holds in relation to how your final grade was calculated
- provide information about the opportunity to take an exam in the autumn series or in summer 2021
We will release the CAGs if requested to students. To access your Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) you can do so by completing this online CAG Request Form.
Arrangements for appeals
The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state:
Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre. All appeal requests must be received by 1st September 2020 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A candidate can:
- ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body using the External Appeal Form if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe:
- the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
- an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade
- there is evidence that the student obtained a higher valid mock exam grade than the calculated grade
- appeal against the centre’s decision using the Internal Appeal Form
- not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal; and/or
- not to appeal to the awarding body
A candidate cannot:
- appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
- appeal in respect of the process or procedure used by Bradley Stoke Community School in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
- appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body
Candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case. If you would like to appeal, please complete this External Appeals Form by 1st September 2020.
A copy of the full Summer 2020 Results and Appeals policy can be found here.
Autumn 2020 exam series
Students are reminded that there will be a full series of GCE A, AS and GCSE in all subjects available in Autumn 2020 for anyone who is disappointed with their grades or for those, such as private candidates, who were unable to receive a calculated grade this summer. We really are hoping that students will be happy with their outcomes in the summer and that these will enable them to progress to their chosen pathways, but will obviously support students should they make the decision to take any exams in the autumn. We are awaiting guidance from Ofqual, but if these exams carry an additional cost for schools, the cost of entries may be passed on to students, as we would usually do with exam re-takes. The timetable will run as follows:
- GCE AS/A-level examinations start on Monday 5 October and finish on Friday 23 October
- GCSE examinations start on Monday 2 November and finish on Monday 23 November
The deadlines for entry are:
- GCE AS & A-level – 4 September
- GCSE (except English Language and Mathematics) – 18 September
- GCSE (English Language and Mathematics) – 4 October
Should any student be considering the possibility of taking an examination in one or more of their subjects, it will be important to be sure that this is the right decision for them, and that adequate time is allocated for independent revision and study. Whilst no timetabled lessons will be available for students preparing to resit exams, Bradley Stoke Community School will provide advice and guidance for students during the autumn term where possible. If you would like to resit exams, please email email@example.com before 1st September 2020.
Other useful exam information
Please take the time to read the exam policies below. This is important information regarding examination regulations and procedures.
Other websites you may find useful are:
JCQ (for rules and regulations) www.jcq.org.uk
Certificates will be issued to candidates on Tuesday 1 December 2020 between 3.30 and 4.30pm at BSCS once we have received these from the exam boards.
If a student cannot collect personally, a named person may collect on their behalf, provided we have received written authority from the student giving their permission, and proof of their identity.
For questions relating to examinations, please contact the Exams Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are examined in a variety of ways including formal exams, controlled assessment, practical exams, coursework, and oral exams. Please choose from the information below to browse information about exams at Bradley Stoke Community School.
If you have a query regarding exams please contact the Exams Team on 01454 868846.
Alternatively they can be reached by e mail email@example.com.
If students are unable to collect their results they can nominate someone else to collect them on their behalf. To do this the student should confirm the name of the nominated person by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The nominated person collecting the results should then bring identification with them when collecting.
Other websites you may find useful are:
• JCQ (for rules and regulations) - http://www.jcq.org.uk/
• Edexcel - http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx
• WJEC - http://www.wjec.co.uk/
• OCR - http://www.ocr.org.uk/
• AQA - http://web.aqa.org.uk/
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