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Awarding Examinations for 2021

OFQUAL /DFE CONSULTATION – PLEASE SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON HOW GRADES SHOULD BE AWARDED FOR 2021

Following the announcement on the 6th January 2021 to cancel all exams this summer, the Department for Education and Ofqual have launched a joint consultation seeking your views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance accurately whilst recognising the disruption that they have faced since the start of this pandemic.

Following publication on Friday afternoon, the consultation will be open for two weeks and ends on Friday 29 January at 23:45.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL CONSULTATION DOCUMENTATION FROM DFE/OFQUAL

Our staff at Brentford will be responding with our views to ensure that our students who were due to sit exams this year receive the grades that they deserve and are not disadvantaged by whatever process is put in place for awarding these grades. Once the outcome of the consultation has been published, we will communicate clearly with regards to what it means for you and your daughter and our plans for how we will continue to support her.

If you wish to respond with your views the link to the survey can be found below. The majority of the questions require either yes/no answers or responses that ask whether you agree/disagree and, therefore, we hope it should not take too long to complete. SURVEY LINK: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/8BYI4T/

In summary, Ofqual and the Department for Education propose that:

  • students would continue with their education during this academic year
  • students would be assessed by their teachers in a period beginning in May into early June
  • teachers would submit grades to the exam boards by mid-June
  • external quality assurance by the exam boards would be ongoing throughout June
  • results would be issued to students once the QA process is complete, most likely in early July
  • student appeals could be submitted immediately following the issue of results and would be considered by schools and colleges in the first instance.

We would like to draw to the attention of all students but especially those in Year 11 and Year 13 the following statement in the consultation ‘Given students’ education has been disrupted by the pandemic, their interests will be best served if they engage fully with their education for the remainder of the academic year,  if they are taught for as long as possible and if they cover as much of the curriculum as possible’. In other words, it is crucial that you continue to attend all your lessons and actively engage with the content being delivered if you are to achieve the best possible grades at the end of the year.