Year 11 Summer 2020 Grading Information
I hope this finds you all well and healthy, it feels very strange to be in an empty school without you!
We have had some more information from the government on how your examination grades will be calculated, you’ll find a link to the full information below for you but I have tried to summarise it in this message for you. The headlines are saying that teachers are going to give you your grades but, as ever, it is not quite that simple.
What we think is going to happen is:
- You will be given a predicted grade from your teachers, for all the subjects you have been entered for.
- This grade is based on everything the teacher knows about you, not just your mock result. It includes assessments over time, classwork, practise questions and any other information the teacher has available.
- We also have to rank you at each grade. For example, if 20 of you are predicted to achieve a Grade 4 in a subject, we need to say who has the best chance of getting a 4 through to the least chance of getting that grade.
- This is then sent to the Government who will look at the predicted grades from across the whole country.
- Most years, the amount of children getting each grade stays about the same. We think they will then take the predictions from schools and check that about the same number of people are getting each grade as normal. If the predictions across the whole country look too high then they may move some grades down. If the predictions look too low, they may move some predictions up. That is the reason they have asked for a rank order from each school so they can adjust grades near the boundary if needed.
- If you are unhappy with the grades allocated there will be an appeal process but we do not have full details of this yet.
There is still not complete clarity around how this will happen or when your grades will be shared but at the moment they are saying July for results instead of the usual August results day. Staff are still available for you if needed, particularly if you are continuing to work on the subjects you intend to study at college.
Please let me know if you want to discuss further or have any concerns.
Information from gov.uk: www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020
Letter sent to all students from Ofqual: Ofqual Student Letter, 3 April 2020.