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Exams in year 2020/21

Awarding of GCSE & Vocational Qualifications – Summer 2020/2021

Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

As you are aware, as an outcome of the pandemic some exams have been withdrawn for this academic year 2020/21. In light of this, there will be some key changes that you need to be aware of, notably the introduction of Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs).

Ofqual have released the guidance to colleges on how all grades will be awarded this academic year. All colleges are required to implement these changes and to ensure that robust processes are in place to validate these grades.

As an outcome, Brooklands College has implemented a fair and reliable internal process to ensure that students who should be completing in Summer 2021, will be awarded a grade for their qualifications and following national guidelines.

The Ofqual guidance for this process has been published and can be found here

For GCSE qualifications the following will be used (Pearson / AQA):

  • Teacher Assessed Grades

For every subject, exam boards require colleges to submit a grade for each student, based on a range of evidence which demonstrates the standard at which the student is performing. Exam boards will provide further advice and guidance to exemplify the standard of work expected for particular grades, including additional grade descriptors to supplement those previously published by Ofqual, as well as exemplar materials.

For Functional Skills qualifications the following will be used (Pearson):

  • Functional skills exams will continue to take place as normal. 

For Vocational and General qualifications the following will be used (Pearson / AQA):

  • Adaptions
  • Teacher Assessed Grades (Unit Level & Qualification Level)

All qualifications vary depending on the qualification type, some will have had adaptions made, in order for the learners to complete, and some will be Teacher Assessed Grades. Ofqual have advised Awarding Organisations that a grade issued based on the judgement of teachers, based on various sources of evidence, should be referred to as a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG), for both General and Vocational Qualifications. In determining a ‘TAG’, there will need to be more than one individual teacher involved in doing this, and furthermore that senior leadership will need to review these judgements to ensure they consistently reflect the available alternative evidence; this process is attached and these deadlines must be met.

Useful Links

The Assistant Principal’s will be hosting a Parent/Carer Forum to allow parents/ carers to ask questions about this process. This will be taking place on Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 18:00. If you would like to participate, please register your interest by emailing quality@brooklands.ac.uk; a link will then be provided to you in order to join the session.

If you have any questions please contact the Exams Office on exams@brooklands.ac.uk

For ALS/access arrangements contact als@brooklands.ac.uk

Good luck!

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