Information for students, parents and carers based on guidance received up to Friday 19th June
Results will be released on the published results day as planned on Thursday 20th August 2020.
The calculated grades awarded this summer will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year. They will therefore be accepted by all institutions and will enable progression to higher and further education to take place in the normal way.
How GCSE grades are being awarded
- Schools and colleges have been asked by Ofqual and the exam boards to use their professional experience to make a fair, carefully considered and objective judgement of the most likely grade a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this summer and completed any non-exam assessment.
- Centre assessed grades have now been submitted to the exam boards. In order to make the process fair for everyone, exam boards will standardise the centre assessed grades across all schools and colleges. This will ensure that students are not disadvantaged if some schools are more generous than others when making their judgements.
- Based on this, individual grades may be adjusted upwards or downwards. This means that the final grade awarded to a student could be different from the one their school or college sends to the exam board. As a result, schools and colleges have been instructed not to disclose students’ centre assessment grades with students, parents and carers either before or after results day in order to protect the integrity of the process.
Can students appeal grades awarded?
Ofqual are committed to doing all they can to make sure students are not disadvantaged by not sitting exams this summer. As all grades awarded by schools and colleges will have undergone a robust standardisation process by the respective exam boards, using a model developed by Ofqual, exam boards are unable to provide opportunities for students to challenge their grades awarded.
If students feel that the results they receive do not reflect their ability in a subject, there may be an opportunity to sit some exams in the Autumn term. More information about these exams will be available on results day.
If you have any queries, please contact:
Mrs Barker – Exams Officer
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org