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Posted on: March 23rd 2020

Examinations Update

Date of Release: 23rd March 2020

Statement on Examinations

Students in England who were due to take their exams in May/June of this year will be given grades based on assessment made by teachers. On Friday 20th March, Ofqual, the exam regulator, has indicated that it will be collaborating with School, Colleges and teachers to develop a formula to help calculate a grade for each student “which reflects their performance as fairly as possible”.

The College does not yet know these details, but it is likely that mocks grades, past assessments and non-exam assessment will be used to help produce grades. The DfE has stated that these grades will be “indistinguishable” from normal grades. It is anticipated that the calculated grades should be ready before the end of July. Students unhappy with their grade will have a right to appeal and sit their exams when the College reopens.

What is the College now doing?

Given the extraordinary circumstances, the College has established a dedicated working group to oversee and implement the instructions from Ofqual and ensure that all students’ assessment is fairly evaluated based on the guidance. Until, however, more detailed guidance is provided, we are monitoring all communications from Ofqual carefully and we will endeavour to all keep all staff, parents and guardians fully informed of developments. Clarification is being sought on issues such as the role of practical work (as in science) and other non-exam assessment.

Further updates will follow.

John Dalton       

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