GCSE | Your Exams and Grades Explained by Expert Tutors
Updated: Feb 5, 2021
On the 20th March 2020, the Department for Education announced the removal of this year's summer exam series in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications, as well as all primary assessments, have all been cancelled. But what does that mean for you?
We have answered your questions below:
Will I still receive a grading for this year?
Yes. Your grade will be indistinguishable from previous years.
How will my grade be calculated?
The exam boards will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead. To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
When will I receive my calculated grade?
The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
What if I don't agree with my calculated grade based on the existing evidence?
If you do not believe the correct process has been followed, you will be able to appeal on that basis.
What if my calculated grade doesn't reflect the effort I have put into my home studies since schools were closed?
If you do not feel that your calculated grade reflects your performance, you will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. You will also have the option to sit your exams in summer 2021.
To find out more about how your exams and grades have been affected visit the government website.
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