Summer 2021 Assessments
In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and Ofqual released guidance in February directing schools to award a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) for each subject that a student was due to certificate in this summer, in place of external examinations. Schools must submit these TAGs to the examination boards by Friday 18th June 2021. The TAGs will be reviewed by the examination boards and will be subject, where necessary, to moderation and potential alteration.
Guidance from the Government and Ofqual
- Teachers’ judgements should only be made on the content areas that have been taught. Teachers should assess as much course content as possible to ensure sufficient coverage of the curriculum for progression.
- Centres (schools) are able to use evidence of students’ work from throughout the course of study.
- Evidence should be used to determine what a student knows, understands and can do.
- When determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential – this represents an important distinction between the TAG process and the process of Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) implemented by the Government in summer 2020.
- Reasonable adjustments will be made where appropriate. Where this has not been possible in relation to evidence already collected, or where a student is confirmed as unwell at the time of a forthcoming assessment, teachers will substitute this evidence where possible, but if necessary, will either take account of the impact of the absence of the reasonable adjustment in the judgement they make, or disregard that evidence so as not to prejudice the overall judgement.
- Non-Examination Assessment (NEA): teachers will use these assessments in accordance with examination board mark schemes and depending on the content they have been able to cover, the contribution they make to students’ overall grade should, in the government’s view, remain broadly similar to a normal year. Examination boards’ guidance will support teachers to take account of partially completed coursework where completion is not possible.
- For GCSE English Language and GCSE French or Spanish a separate grade/result for the spoken language is to be submitted, based on the work completed.
Below you will find details of the evidence that will be used to determine student grades this year. In addition to the documented assessments, substantial classwork / home learning may be used where required.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have provided guidance and information for students, parents and carers. This document can be accessed via the following link: https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf