Exams, what next?

If you're the parent of a child due to take exams this year, you should have received a letter from your child's school telling you what happens next. So how will grades be awarded?

Each school or college will be asked to send exam boards two pieces of information for each of subject your child is taking. This will be based on what they know about the work and achievements they've made to date.

  • The grade they believe your child was most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had not been cancelled.

  • For each subject, teachers are asked to put students in order of achievement at the school or college by performance, for each grade. The exam boards will use the information to standardise judgements – allowing fine tuning of the standard applied across schools and colleges

Your school or college will consider a range of things like classwork and homework, assignments and any mock exams, any non-exam assessment or coursework your child might have done, and their general progress during each course.

This information is relevant to all students and exam centres in England using the following qualifications regulated by Ofqual and offered by AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds. GCSEs, AS and A levels, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ), Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths.

This information will allow Ofqual to standardise grades across schools and colleges, to make sure that, as far as possible, results are fair and that students are not advantaged or disadvantaged because their schools or colleges are more generous or harsh than others when making those judgements. That means the final grade could be different from the one the school or college sends to the exam board. Results are due out by 13 August 2020.

Ofqual have decided that due to the extraordinary circumstances, the normal appeal procedures will need to change. They will announce the new procedures in the coming weeks. They have said that students who feel that their grades from the summer don't properly reflect their ability, will be able to take exams in the autumn or summer 2021.

You can read the full advice to students here.

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