The government have announced that all public examinations for summer 2021 will not go ahead. Following a consultation by Ofqual, schools have been asked to award ‘Teacher Assessed Grades’. This means that students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with students only assessed on what they have been taught.
Teachers will be able to draw on a range of evidence when determining grades, including trial examinations, coursework, or other work completed as part of a student’s course, such as class assessments. Examination boards will collect samples to quality assure the accuracy of the grades awarded, hence we are collating portfolios of evidence for each student, for each subject, as evidence of their awarded grades.
Teachers will submit grades to examination boards by 18th June, allowing as much teaching time as possible before teachers make their assessments.
We appreciate this may be a worrying time for our students, especially those waiting for confirmation of grades to proceed with college, Sixth Form and university applications. Please be assured that all students are in the same situation and those receiving applications will be working under the same guidance.
Ofqual and JCQ have released a guide for parents, guardians, carers and students, which can be accessed below.
Ofqual’s student guide to awarding: summer 2021
Ofqual have now published their new student guide to awarding: summer 2021. This guide offers support for students taking GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications this year. It is written for students. It contains important advice on where students and their families can go for more information and support, including support for those with mental health concerns.
Click here: Student guide to awarding summer 2021
Hewens College is bound by the regulations set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which determines the regulations for examination conditions, results and certification. For further information on examination regulations, including JCQ’s rules for students, please read the documents set out below for download.
For further information, please visit the JCQ website at https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/general-regulations
Collection of Results
Students should, whenever possible, attend the College in person to collect their results, however when this is not possible the following options are available by prior arrangement:
Results sent by post: This must be organised with the College in advance of the official results day. Students requesting this service must provide the College with a stamped (postage paid), self addressed envelope in which their results can be posted. The College will post the results on the official results day.
Nominated person to collect the results on the student's behalf: In this event, the student must provide the person collecting their results, with a dated and signed letter that gives them the appropriate authority to do so. The letter must state the full name of the person collecting the results and that they have the student's full permission to do so. The nominated person must then attend the College, with the letter and formal photographic proof of their identity, such as a driving licence or passport. It is very important to note that public examination results will not be given to a third party unless they have the appropriate written permission from the student concerned and can provide the required photographic proof of identity.
Collection of Certificates
We are bound by JCQ’s regulations, which stipulate that certificates need to be collected in person and signed for. We are unable to post certificates.
Any student who is unable to collect their certificates in person may nominate someone to collect them on their behalf. In this event, the student must provide the person collecting their certificates, with a dated and signed letter that gives them the appropriate authority to do so. The letter must state the full name of the person collecting the certificates and that they have the student's full permission to do so. The nominated person must then attend the College with the letter and formal photographic proof of their identity, such as a driving licence or passport. It is very important to note that public examination certificatess will not be given to a third party unless they have the appropriate written permission from the student concerned and can provide the required photographic proof of identity.
Ofqual New GCSE Grading Structure