Understanding the Teacher Assessed Grades Process and Latest Updates
Examination results will be released on the following dates:
Tuesday 10th August: A-level, 8.30am – 10.30am
Thursday 12th August: GCSE, 8.30am – 10.30am
Private A-level candidates will have their results emailed to them. Candidates who are not able to come in person should email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 30th July. Results will then be emailed to their school email account.
JCQ have released their guidance on the appeals process for Summer 2021. It is important that all parents and candidates understand that this process is different to the normal appeals process and to last year’s situation. The guidance is available here (and via the school website).
The most important implication for all candidates is that appealing a grade could lead to the grade being increased, staying the same or being reduced. Hence only the candidate can request an appeal, a parent/carer cannot do so on their behalf.
There are two stages to the appeal process. A Stage 1 Centre Review and a Stage 2
Any student, including a Private Candidate, may submit a request for a centre review on the grounds that the centre has:
failed to follow its procedures properly or consistently in arriving at that result or
made an administrative error in relation to the result.
Hence, this is likely to be used where two candidates’ results could have been mixed up or if a candidate did not have access arrangements to which they were entitled.
After this stage has completed, a Stage 2 Review can be requested from an exam board based on one or more of the following:
An administrative error
Their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement (either because of the way that the grade has been determined and/or the selection of the evidence).
It should be noted that appeals based on administrative error, unreasonable exercise of academic judgment or a procedural check in relation to mitigating circumstances or access arrangements will require submission of an explanation of the candidate’s concerns.
When reviewing Teacher Assessed Grades, candidates should be aware that:
“The independent reviewer will consider whether the original Teacher Assessed Grade decision was reasonable. The independent reviewer will not consider whether they would have given an alternative grade or whether an alternative grade could also reasonably have been given.”
(A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021, JCQ 10/06/2021, 6.26 pp24)
When determining if an appeal is appropriate, candidates should consider that this is a high bar to change a grade and hence the option of the Autumn examination series may be a better alternative for some candidates.
Key Dates for Appeals
Key Dates for priority appeals – suggested timescales
Priority appeals are available for A-level candidates only who did not attain their firm choice. Candidates should be aware that universities are not obligated to hold their place during this appeal.
Key Dates for non-priority appeals
The examination boards aim to complete Stage 2 reviews within 42 calendar days of receipt of the application. Please note that given the circumstances, neither the school nor the examination boards can guarantee to meet these timings.
All of the relevant documentation is available via the school website to assist you in understanding this process.
Appeals can only be accepted on the appeal form available from the school website and must be sent to email@example.com by the relevant deadline.
I wish you all the best of luck for results day and your future. We hope that you are pleased with your results after a very difficult and disruptive period due to the pandemic. Staff are in school to offer help and support in person when you collect your results. If you are unable to be with us in person or would like a follow up remote meeting once you have returned home, please use the link below to book a Teams meeting.