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Exceptional Arrangements for Awarding Qualifications this Summer

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Published on - 16-09-2020

In light of the complications and eventual curtailment of the Class of 2020's final year and the cancellation of public GCSE examinations in May/June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students can choose to sit exams this Autumn at school. Students can opt to pursue this option if they wish to improve on their Centre Assessed Grade or algorithm produced grade that they received in August. Please be aware that students wishing to sit exams at school this Autumn may be expected to pay the cost of the exam. If a student wishes to sit an exam during this Autumn series, they must email Mr Beeching (pbeeching@brightonhill.hants.sch.uk) with their intention before midday on Friday 18th September.

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As you are aware, all GCSE exams and assessments this summer were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

We have been working with exam boards to ensure that all students are able to receive their standardised grades this summer and progress with their plans to continue their education.  Teachers have used their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year.  Schools were also asked to provide a rank order of students within each grade in a subject.  This is because the statistical standardisation process would need more granular information than the grade alone. 

To ensure that grades were fair between schools, exam boards put all centre assessed grades through a process of standardisation.  The standardisation model drew on the following sources of evidence: historical outcomes for each centre; the prior attainment of this year’s students and those in previous years within each centre; and the expected national grade distribution for the subject given the prior attainment of the national entry.   The standardisation will also consider historical data from 2018/2019. 

Standardisation will not change the rank order of students within each school; nor will it assume that the distribution of grades in each subject/centre should be the same. However, if grading judgements in a subject in some schools appear to be more severe or generous than others, exam boards will adjust the grades of some or all of those students upwards or downwards accordingly. This means that the centre assessment grades submitted by schools and the final grade that students receive could be different. It also means that adjustments to centre assessment grades might be different in different subjects.  

These results will be released to schools and students on the published results day as originally planned –   

Thursday 20 August 2020 

The grades awarded to students will have equal status to the grades awarded in other years and will be treated this way by colleges, universities and employers.  On the results slips and certificates, grades will be reported in the same way as previous years. 

Students who feel that their grades from the summer do not reflect their ability will have the opportunity to take their exams in the autumn series. If they choose to do this, students will be able to use the higher of the two grades for future progression.  There will be an appointment booking system available on Monday 24th & Tuesday 25th August for those students wishing to discuss this option or any aspect of their results. 

To watch a video that explains how your grades will be awarded click the link below and watch the 'Grading 2020 – information for student' video. 

 

The infographic also explains the process.