Teacher Assessed Grades Summer 2021
In January 2021, the government confirmed that GCSE and A-Level examinations would not take place in the summer of 2021 and would instead be replaced by Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). South Axholme Academy have already written to students and parents/carers due to take examinations in the summer of 2021 to outline our approach to assessing each student’s grade for each subject they are studying.
As an academy we submitted and ‘signed off’ TAGs for each subject, for each student by Friday 18 June 2021. Students will receive their grades for their GCSE, A-Levels and Vocational Technical Qualifications during the week commencing: 9 August 2021. Year 13 students will receive their results on Tuesday 10 August and Year 11 students will receive their results on Thursday 12 August.
APPEALS FOLLOWING RESULTS DAY.
If a student does not agree with their final grade, they can appeal against the grade they have been awarded.
There are two stages to the summer 2021 appeals process:
Stage 1: Centre review: If a student does not consider that they have been issued with the correct grade, they can ask South Axholme Academy to check if an administrative or procedural error has occurred. As a centre we will ensure the student is aware that their grade could go down, up or stay the same. If the centre finds that an error has occurred, we will submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade without the need to make an appeal to the awarding organisation.
Stage 2: appeal to the awarding organisation: the second stage of the process is referred to as an appeal to the awarding organisation (submitted by the centre on the student’s behalf). An appeal should be submitted if the student considers that the centre did not follow its procedure properly, the awarding organisation has made an administrative error, or the student considers that the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement. The centre will ensure the student is aware that their grade could go down, up or stay the same.
South Axholme will review the appeal to consider if an administrative error has taken place. This will be checked by a Senior Leader within the academy and approved by the Principal. If an error is found, the academy will resubmit the evidence to the Awarding Body for re-consideration.
If an error is not found, the student can then request the academy to submit an appeal to the Awarding Body on their behalf. The academy will submit the student’s appeal evidence and the evidence of the centre’s justification for the grade to the Awarding Body. The Awarding Body will then consider if the process has been followed correctly and if the TAG reflected an appropriate exercise of academic judgement.
An Awarding Body will only revise a student’s grade at appeal where it finds the evidence on which the grade was determined cannot reasonably support that grade, rather than as a result of marginal differences of opinion. A student’s grade could go up or down following an appeal.
In both instances, the Awarding Body will determine whether a grade should be changed, and if so, will issue a final grade to the student.
If a student believes the Awarding Body has made a procedural error in handling the appeal, they can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the Awarding Body.
Grounds for appeal
In summary there are four grounds upon which a centre review or an appeal to an awarding organisation may be requested:
At Stage 1: The centre made an administrative error, e.g. an incorrect grade was submitted; an incorrect assessment mark was used when determining the grade.
At Stages 1 and 2: The centre did not apply a procedure correctly, such as the centre did not follow its Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances such as illness.
At Stage 2: The awarding organisation made an administrative error, e.g. the grade was incorrectly changed by the awarding organisation during the processing of grades.
At Stage 2: The student considers that the centre made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which to determine the grade and/or the determination of the grade from that evidence.
If a student should wish to request firstly a Centre Review and secondly an Appeal to the Awarding organisation the forms listed below should be downloaded and completed.
The completed form should be returned via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No other academy email will be monitored for the purpose of TAG enquiries or appeals. Please note the first stage of a Centre Review must be completed before an Appeal to an Awarding Body can be undertaken. A student’s grade could go up or down following an appeal.
Stage 1: A Centre Review should be submitted via email by 14th August 2021 for Priority Appeals (Required by Year 13 students to secure HE Places) in order to give the academy processing time. All other Centre Requests must be placed no later than 31st August (Year 11 and Year 13)
Stage 2: Priority Appeals (Year 13 - Appeal to an Awarding Body) must be submitted no later than 19th August 2021. All non-priority appeals must be submitted to the academy on the official form via email no later than 13th September 2021.