As we have now received the final guidance from the DfE, JCQ and various other bodies, we are in a position to share our arrangements for determining the centre assessed grades for year 11 and 13. Should you have any queries regarding any of the information below please complete this form. Grading Process Form
Part of the process has been to create our PMSC centre policy for awarding grades. This is currently waiting to be ratified by our Local Governing Committee and will then be published on our website. Please take some time to read through this document once it has been uploaded so that you are aware of the processes that we are following in order to determine the final grades.
Whilst we appreciate that this is a challenging time for students and their families it is important that we work together as a community to ensure that we are able to complete this grading process fairly. Guidance from the DfE explicitly states that;
Centres should be careful to avoid teachers being put under pressure from students, parents or carers to submit grades that are higher than the evidence supports. Heads of centre should keep records of such cases and might be required to report to the exam boards any cases where they believe inappropriate pressure is being put on teachers. Exam boards may treat such cases as potential malpractice.
Therefore, although we welcome communication from parents and carers, please ensure that you use the form as requested so that we can make sure that queries are dealt with in the appropriate manner.
There will inevitably be circumstances where students face difficult situations which may impact on their final grades. There are very strict guidelines regarding when we are able to apply special considerations or mitigating circumstances to a student’s final grade. The details of these can be found at this link. JCQ Guidance on Special Considerations As a school we have a wealth of knowledge about our students, however, if you feel that your child is eligible for special considerations during this final period of assessments please complete this form. We would like to highlight the following section of the guidance above, as it is important that we are aware of situations as they arise;
Students must be reminded to raise any mitigating circumstances which warrant special consideration. It is important that students raise these issues as soon as possible, ideally at the time of the assessment and prior to the submission of the teacher assessed grade.
Now that we are in our final assessment window we have now removed the predicted grades from Go4Schools. This is to allow us to complete our internal moderation procedures and continue to assess students over the remaining months. It is important to remember that the predicted grades released over the course of this academic year were based on teachers’ professional judgement of what could have been achieved by this summer. The final grades that will be awarded will be based on the performance of students and not any potential ability or outcome. Therefore please be aware that the final grades awarded may be higher or lower than those predicted grades, as they would in any other academic year.
After school sessions
In order to support students in these final weeks we will be offering after school drop in sessions for various subjects in year 11. These will be a mixture of face to face and online “live” lessons. The timetable for this can be found here. After School Sessions
Students will be registered for these sessions via Edulink so you can see if your child has attended an after school session through the app. There are also links to revision materials that students can access at any time so that they can study independently. If your child would like some space to complete independent revision in school please let us know using the form and we can arrange this for you.
Distribution of assessment timetable
Now that we have collated all of the assessments required to gain evidence for final grades we are going to push some of these assessments back so that students have the maximum time possible to prepare. This includes some assessments being completed in the first week back after half term. We will ensure that students are made aware of changes via their class teacher and their google classrooms for each subject.
We appreciate that there is a lot of information to take on board so please use the form at the beginning of this letter to raise any queries.