Dear Parents/Carers of students in Years 11, 12 and 13,
The government released today further information on how they will award grades for this year’s GCSE, AS and A level examinations. You can find the relevant document here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-gcses-as-a-levels-will-be-awarded-in-summer-2020
Also, and particularly useful, is a government message to students which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020
There are two main points: • schools do not need to send any evidence or get students to complete any more work; • schools are not allowed to share estimated grades with parents, carers or students before submitting them to OFQUAL.
As you will see from the DfE letters on the links above, we are not permitted to disclose to students or parents the grades we submit to the exam boards. I would ask therefore that parents and students do not make contact with any teacher to discuss the awarding of these grades.
We will be using our knowledge of your son/daughter, the copious amounts of work that they have previously completed as well as any assessments or examinations they have completed to help us to arrive at their grade. Where your son/daughter is taught by more than one teacher the grades will be discussed and agreed before awarding. It is our understanding that this information will then be subject to rigorous moderation by OFQUAL, using prior attainment data and other factors which have yet to be announced by the government at this time.
The guidance will only apply to a very small number of Year 12 students who were already registered to sit a terminal AS examination in the summer of 2020. We are still waiting for further clarification regarding the awarding of vocational qualifications. We will be in touch in due course.
Now this information from the government has been published we would also expect each university to provide a statement giving details of what they plan to do. We would recommend that Year 13 students regularly look at their firm and insurance choice universities to see what they say. For anyone who is yet to confirm their firm and insurance choices, they may wish to wait and see what the universities say before making their decision. However, students should make sure they reply to their offers before the date published in their UCAS Track account.
Students planning on starting university in autumn 2020 must also ensure they complete their student finance application as soon as possible and, ideally, before the end of April; please do this here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login
I appreciate that these are difficult and unprecedented times for all of us. I would like to compliment the students once again on how they have responded to this unusual time and thank you also for the support that you have shown to teachers and the College.
Tina Graham Principal