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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Teacher Assessed Grades 2021

Updated 27 April 2021

Dear parents and carers of Year 11 and Year 13 students,

RE: Teacher Assessed Grades, Summer 2021

I am sure like us and your children, you have been anxious to hear further details about how GCSE and A Level grades will be awarded this year.

Information to schools and colleges on how grades should be awarded trickled out bit-by-bit last term and we only received the final elements of what was required as we broke up for the Easter holiday.

We have now worked through the guidance we have been provided with and (as you are probably aware) have, in some cases, already started the process of completing additional assessments to provide evidence for the grades we will award.

A draft copy of our centre policy can be found below. However, the key points of the process of awarding grades are as follows:

  • Subject teachers will compile evidence from previous assessments and new ones as relevant (see details below).
  • There are likely to be about 3-5 pieces of evidence per pupil, per subject.
  • Evidence will only cover content from each course that has been taught in depth.
  • The same assessments will be used for each pupil where possible, but in exceptional circumstances (such as bereavement or serious illness) alternative evidence may be substituted.  
  • Where possible, newly collected evidence will be marked anonymously to avoid unconscious bias and standardised and moderated (where relevant) to ensure consistency.
  • Evidence packs will be viewed holistically against the JCQ GCSE grade descriptors or JCQ A-Level grade descriptors to award a final grade.
  • Final grade awards will also be standardised and moderated to ensure consistency.

The time frame that we have been given for all of this work is very tight:

  • Centre Policy submitted to JCQ - 30 April 2021
  • Further Assessments - 19 April 2021 to 9 June 2021
  • Last day in school for Year 11 and Year 13 students – 11 June 2021
  • Final grades submitted to examination boards - 18 June 2021
  • Sixth Form preparation week for Year 11 pupils – 21 June 2021 to 25 June 2021
  • A-Level results day - 10 August 2021
  • GCSE results day - 12 August 2021

Please be aware that teachers are not allowed to share final grades (or predictions of these) with pupils or parents until they are awarded int he summer.

Once they have been awarded pupils may appeal if they do not think the grade is accurate.

If an appeal is requested, we will conduct the first stage of the appeals process, to check if an administrative or procedural error has occurred.

If the student continues to believe that an error persists, or the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement we will then submit a second stage appeals to the exam board on the student’s behalf.

Below is a list of what evidence will be used in each subject.

We will also be providing pupils with a declaration form to say that the process for determining their grades has been explained, that they have had an opportunity to ask questions, and that they have understood the process. The form also asks them to consider the evidence sources we intend to use to determine their final grade and acknowledge that they agree they are appropriate or explain why they do not believe particular sources of evidence are appropriate for them.

I appreciate this is a lot of information to take in and understand, but we want you to feel comfortable at such an important moment in your child's life. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, we would very much like to hear from you so we can discuss them and try to put your mind at ease. You can contact us by completing your details on this online Contact Request Form and a member of our team will call you.

We are also holding assemblies for students to explain the process to them. They will be given a copy of this letter, the lists of evidence we intend to use and their declaration forms at these assemblies.

Please rest assured that myself and my staff are working as hard as we can to ensure grades are awarded as fairly and accurately as possible. 

Yours faithfully,

David Tungate

Principal

Nottingham Girls’ Academy