Parents/Carers Guide to Exams and Assessment 2020

Parents and Carers Guide to Exams and Assessment in 2020

As you know the external competitive exams for Year 11 and 13 have been cancelled.

Students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade. The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges. There’s separate guidance from Ofqual on awarding GCSE, AS and A levels which includes the implications for non-exam assessment.

While we recognise how new and unsettling this is for our students, we recognise they are in the same situation as all other students nationally. We have written to them to explain how we will support them during the period of final assessment. Here is the advice that has been shared by all the key organisations involved in assessments.

Ofqual guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers
Ofqual letter to students
DfE FAQs on the cancellation of GCSE, AS- and A-level exams
AQA Coronavirus update
CCEA Coronavirus update
OCR Coronavirus update
Eduqas Coronavirus update
International Baccalaureate updates
Pearson Coronavirus update
WJEC Coronavirus update

We will respond to this advice and take part with professionalism and integrity. We have been asked to use our professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade we believe a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year. It is important that we take into account the full range of available evidence when we grade students - including non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments or mock exams; and any other records of student performance over the course of study.

It is important schools do not share provisional grades, nor rank orders, with students or parents and carers before final results have been issued. This is to protect the integrity of the teachers’ judgements, and to avoid teachers, Heads of Department or Heads of Centre feeling under pressure to submit a grade that is not supported by the evidence.