TAGs Summer 2021

Following the guidance from the Department for Education, the summer exam series 2021 will not be taking place and students will instead be given an assessed grade by the school. The grades will then be reviewed by the exam boards before final grades are awarded which will reflect the student’s performance on taught content.

How will students be assessed?

Teachers will use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade that a student is performing at and students will only be assessed on content that they have been taught.

  • When determining the grade, teachers’ assessment will reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.
  • Non-examined assessment, often referred to as coursework or internal assessments will be used even if it is not fully completed.
  • In class assessments, past exam papers and additional assessment materials set by the exam boards will also be used.
  • Work produced throughout the course including work from year 10 and work completed in lockdown will also be considered.

Reasonable adjustments, access arrangements and special consideration

Special consideration requests will not apply in the usual way this summer because students will not be taking exams. If you think that your child’s performance in an assessment has been affected by illness or personal circumstances, you should contact Campion about this as soon as possible. It is important that you raise any such instances before Campion submits your grade. Please use the google form linked below to raise your concerns.

Special Circumstances Form

Appeals

In the event you believe there has been a mistake during the grading process there will also be an appeals system to fix any genuine errors or mistakes which were not identified earlier in the process. You have the right to appeal and there are two stages to the process:

Stage 1 – centre review

If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal to Campion who will review whether they:

  • made an administrative error, e.g. they submitted an incorrect grade; they used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
  • did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.

 

To help you decide whether to appeal, you can request that Campion shares with you the following information on results day if not before:

  • their Centre Policy (available on our website)
  • the sources of evidence used to determine the grade along with any grades/marks associated with them
  • details of any special circumstances that have been taken into account in determining the grade, e.g. access arrangements, mitigating circumstances such as illness

Stage 2 – appeal to the exam board

If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask Campion to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:

  • Campion made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence.
  • Campion did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
  • the exam board made an administrative error, e.g. they changed your grade during the processing of grades.

 

At both stages of the process you will need to submit your appeal to Campion and give them your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on your behalf. It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.

Key Dates

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell Campion so they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

 

Year 13: Priority appeals window

  • 10th August to 13th August: student requests centre review
  • 13th August to 17th August: centre conducts centre review
  • 17th August to 23rd August: centre submits appeal to exam board

 

Year 13 and Year 11: Non-priority appeals

  • 10th August to 13th August: student requests centre review
  • 13th August to 17th August: centre conducts centre review
  • 17th August to 17th September: centre submits appeal to exam board

 

Finally, if you believe the exam board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal, you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the exam board.