Ofqual have today provided further guidance on how GCSE, EPQ and A level grades will be calculated and this guidance can be seen on the Ofqual website.
In summary, grades will be calculated as follows:
Exam boards will be contacting schools, colleges and other exam centres after Easter asking them to submit, by a deadline that will be no earlier than 29 May 2020, the following:
- centre assessment grade for every student in each of their subjects: that is, the grade they would be most likely to have achieved if they had sat their exams and completed any non-exam assessment. Judgements should balance different sources of evidence such as:
– any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE
– any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete
– the results of any assignments or mock exams
– previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications
– any other records of student performance over the course of study
- the rank order of students within each grade for each subject – for example, for all those students with a centre assessment grade of 5 in GCSE maths, a rank order where 1 is the most secure/highest attaining student, and so on. This information will be used in the statistical standardisation of centres’ judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across all schools and colleges
- a declaration from the Head of Centre making the submission
Following this announcement, the Principal issued the following statement to Year 13 A level and EPQ students and those resitting GCSEs:
We will be producing Centre Assessment Grades in May. In line with the guidance received, we will not release the grade we have suggested nor your rank order and as such, please do not contact any teacher about the grades as they will not be in a position to answer your query. Students should continue to work to complete the syllabus as many universities have already stated that this is an expectation, and in the case that you do not agree with the final grade awarded to you, there will be resit opportunities in Autumn and Summer next year, and they will be testing the entire syllabus.
For students on BTEC, Criminology and CACHE Childcare & Education courses at the College, there is the following statement:
At this moment in time, the way the BTEC, Criminology and CACHE Childcare & Education students grades will be calculated has not been released. We will release information on how we will be calculating the grades once we have received guidance from the government. In the meantime, it is important that you complete all the work set by your teachers, as it may be based on the units that you are currently studying.