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Teacher Assessed Grades: A Guide for Students and Parents

11th May 2021

 

This guide is relevant to students studying all courses except for first year A levels.

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How will students be assessed?

Teachers will initially determine your grades, which will then be reviewed by other teachers and managers at the college. The professional judgement of teachers will only be based on what you have been taught and your teachers will use a range of evidence from across the course of study to make their decision. Teachers can assess you based on:

  • Records of your performance on the content you have been taught over the entire course of your studies, for example previous assignments you have completed.
  • Coursework or other tests and assignments you have done (even if not fully complete).
  • Work you have produced in tasks set by teachers that reflects the way you would normally be assessed by exam boards (this could be in class, at home, or in a timed test or mock exam).

Your teachers do not need to assess you on every aspect of each subject. They just need a range of evidence that shows your performance on the aspects you have been taught. In most cases, the range of evidence that your teachers use to inform your grade will be consistent across your class or cohort for each qualification. However, we may decide that a different range of evidence may be more appropriate to fairly inform your grade, if, for example, you have special circumstances such as severe illness or an interview on the day of a test.

Your teachers will tell you which pieces of work will be used as evidence to inform your overall grade. You will need to sign a form that we will send you to confirm that all the work is your own and that you have told us about any special circumstances.  We cannot submit your grade without this.  Your teacher will make the final judgement about what evidence is to be included - this is not a negotiation. Your teachers will not be able to tell you the grade they have submitted to the exam board.

Once all the evidence is selected and assessments are complete, teachers will decide on an overall grade. They will do this objectively – so, if you are performing consistently at a grade 4 standard in a subject at GCSE, you should be awarded a grade 4. Exam boards have provided guidance to show the standard of work expected for particular grades, including additional grade descriptors, and teachers will use these. It is important to say that much like with exams in normal years, the grades you are issued will not take account of your potential. They will be a snapshot of the standard you are performing at based on a wide range of evidence.

What happens after my teacher determines my grade in a subject?

Once a teacher has determined your grade, it will be reviewed by other teachers at Monoux, to make sure that everyone is marking fairly and at the same standard.

If you have special educational needs, and/or are disabled, and require reasonable adjustments, you should have informed us about this, and we will have ensured that these were in place when evidence was gathered. If you think appropriate reasonable adjustments were not in place when you took an assessment that is being used as evidence, you must tell us and we will take that into account in the grading, or use alternative evidence. If you think that your performance in an assessment has been affected by illness or personal circumstances, you should talk to us about this as soon as possible. It is important that you raise any such instances before we submit your grade. If you have any questions about how your personal circumstances will be taken into account or want to raise anything with us, now is the best time to do it.

When will I receive my grades and what happens next?

  • Level 3 vocational and A level students will receive their results on Tuesday 10 August 2021.
  • Level 2 students and students doing GCSEs will receive their results on Thursday 12 August 2021.

You will be able to collect your grades online or at college. On Tuesday 10th August, we will have staff ready to help you with finding the best possible university place. This is a time-pressured activity, so do please come in early for the best support.

Appeals 

Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on. If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:

Stage 1: centre review - If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal by completing this form: https://forms.office.com/r/Gcnjn5u71B. We will then check if we have made an administrative error (e.g. submitting an incorrect grade) or if we didn’t follow our Centre Policy correctly.  

Stage 2: appeal to the exam board If, having checked the Centre Policy and considered the evidence on which you have been graded, you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask us to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:

  • we made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence;
  • we did not follow our Centre Policy or key procedure  (e.g. we did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness);
  • the exam board made an administrative error.

At both stages of the process you will need to submit your appeal to us via email and give us your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on your behalf. It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.

 If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell us so we can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal.

The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

10 August to 7 September: priority appeals window

  • 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review  
  • 10 August to 20 August: we conduct centre review
  • 11 August to 23 August: we submit appeal to exam board

10 August to end October: majority of non-priority appeals take place

  • 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review »
  • 10 August to 10 September: we conduct centre review »
  • 11 August to 17 September: we submit appeal to exam board

Finally, if you believe the exam board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal, you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the exam board.


BTEC CHANGES: FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL WORK IS MAY 14th, LAST TEACHING DAY IS MAY 21st

Because Pearson (the BTEC exam board) want us to submit a final grade for you much earlier than usual this summer, the final deadline for all submissions on these courses will be May 14th. Please don’t worry that you will not have time to complete all units, as teachers have adapted their plans so that you will only be assessed on what has been taught previously, so there will be no new assignments to finish. Teachers have looked at the work you have completed to date and they will be working with you over the next two weeks to give you opportunities to improve your grade through sitting tests or submitting additional work. (Please note this message doesn’t apply to L2 Law students, who will continue as normal, but it does apply to all other vocational students).

This means that over the next two weeks it will be incredibly important to attend well, listen to teachers, ask questions and make sure you are ready to do your very best. The LRC is open late every week-day until 6pm, and open on Saturdays too, so please do use our spaces for study.

If you are a L2 or L3Y1 student, you must come in for Passport days in June 14th and 15th to secure your college place for next year.

As we look across the work you have done this year, there is some fantastic quality, and we know many of you will finish on high grades with great prospects for the future. These final weeks will be crucial in securing high grades so please give it your very best effort, and talk to us if you have any problems – we will help.


APRIL TAGS ON STUDENT DASHBOARD - MESSAGE FOR STUDENTS – 7 April 2021

Please check now!

  • The timetable for the first two weeks after Easter only will now be showing on your student dashboard. You will be able to see exams and in-class assessments. There will be more TAGs happening in the first two weeks of May, and the timetables for those will be released early in the first week back after the holiday. Please check and use this information to plan your revision.
  • Advice for revising

    Self-testing and quizzing (think cue cards) is WAY more effective than 'reading over notes'

    Do some practice papers, even though you really, really don't feel like it, you'll be glad you did

    Plan to revise every day if you can

    Plan in lots of breaks and treats

    Lots of shorter sessions are better than one long mega-session

    Put your phone somewhere else

    Ask your family/household to let you off chores (at least some!) and your boss to reduce your hours

    Eat healthily, do some exercise, have a good bedtime routine

    Questions about your TAGs

    If you have questions about your TAGs or you think there's a problem, please email exams@sgmc.ac.uk Thanks (smile)


    END OF YEAR DATES & TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES - MESSAGE TO STUDENTS – 28 March 2021

    Hello, it’s been wonderful to see you all back in college – I hope you’ve enjoyed being able to have lessons back in the classroom. Please have a look at this important information below about how you will be assessed and how you will finish this year. As ever, if you have any questions, please just message me.

    WHEN WILL I FINISH, AND HOW WILL I BE GRADED, THIS YEAR?

    Level 2 students, and Level 3 vocational students (Year 1) - You will finish this year no later than the 30th June, and no earlier than the 15th June (if all your work is completed to a very high standard). Your assignments will be graded as usual by your teachers, but the exam unit will be graded by your teachers as well, based on work you have done and are doing now. If you are studying GCSEs, these will be assessed over the coming weeks by your teachers, who will arrive at a final grade for you at the end of May. You will finish your GCSE courses on the 14th May.

    Level 3 vocational students (Year 2) - You will finish this year no later than the 30th June. All of your work will be assessed and graded by your teachers as normal. Sports students will have teacher assessed grades replacing the exam units. If you are studying GCSEs, these will be assessed over the coming weeks by your teachers, who will arrive at a final grade for you at the end of May. You will finish your GCSE courses on the 14th May.

    A Level Year 1 (including mixed A Level and BTEC Programmes) - You will finish this year, as planned, on Wednesday 30th June. For all of your A level subjects, your teachers will continue to assess your progress and let you know how to improve as normal. The exams you are doing now will form part of your end of year assessment, but there will be more assessments to come over the next three months, feeding into your UCAS predicted grades. If you are studying a 30 credit vocational course, the exam unit will be assessed by Teacher Assessed Grade, and your other units will be internally assessed assignments as normal.

    A Level Year 2 (including mixed A Level and BTEC Programmes) - You will finish this year on the 14th May. All of your exams will be replaced by teacher assessed grades. Teachers will give you a fair grade based on the work you are doing now and over the next few weeks (and in some cases good work you have done in the past, such as coursework).

    WHEN WILL I BE DOING ASSESSMENTS? - Your teachers will let you know, and for those of you with exams in the Sports Hall and elsewhere after Easter, you will get an exam timetable before the holidays.

    WHAT IF I MISS AN ASSESSEMENT? - If you miss an assessment because of COVID, we will make arrangements for you to do the assessment from home if you are well enough, or resit. We will need proof of a positive test, or of having been asked to self-isolate. If you miss an assessment for other reasons, it is likely you will not get the marks for that assessment, and consequently will receive a lower grade. If you are seriously ill on the day, or involved in an accident of some type, we will apply special considerations for you if you provide proof. The bottom line is that you must get to your assessments on time, and if you are worried about anything speak to us as early as you can so we have the best chance to support you.

    I hope that this information is useful for your planning and peace of mind. Your teachers are determined to give you every chance to show what you can do over the next month or so, and if you have similar determination to work hard and demonstrate your skills and understanding, this will certainly be rewarded. Go for it!

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