Dear students,

I hope you are keeping well and following all the guidance on social distancing without too much difficulty. As we promised, when we get more information we will share it with you.

Please find a link below to the latest information published by the Department for Education;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

This information is obviously more detailed in some areas and less in others as the decisions on how to proceed with the calculation of grades is still being made by the relevant bodies.

In terms of the process AQA released the following information;

  • Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with us and the other exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. Clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges soon.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair as possible. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
  • These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
  • We’ll also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students aren’t disadvantaged.
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they don’t believe the right process has been followed.
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams next summer.

 

In general terms, a whole host of data will be used to calculate your grade not just teacher assessment. If the grade you have been awarded is not, in your opinion, reflective of the grade you would have got by sitting the terminal examination then you would have the opportunity to sit an examination early next academic year 2020/21 or in the summer of 2021. Because of this we ask that you do not contact individual teachers regarding predicted grades, mock results and teacher assessments as they do not have anymore information about what they will be asked for than that outlined above. We also ask that you do not bring any paper work into school as we are closed except to those students the Government has instructed us to take and you should be avoiding any nonessential travel. Once we have more guidance and know what evidence we need we will contact you should it be necessary. Any additional work should only be submitted to staff online and only if they have requested it as part of our ongoing support for your learning.

We know this is an uncertain time for you and for those around you, the best thing you can be doing is keeping up to date with your work and reviewing those areas in particular that you are looking at taking for further study.

Universities, Colleges and Sixth Forms are all going to be mindful of the unique circumstances you have found yourselves in and will be taking this into account when confirming places and enrolment so that students will still progress onto the right courses for them.

Keep safe and remember we are thinking of you all and looking forward to when we can all be together again as a school community.

Best Wishes

Dr Benjamin Eves
Assistant Head – KS5 Progress
Canon Slade School