End of Year 10 Assessments
Please find attached to this letter a copy of your child’s end of Year 10 Assessment timetable. The assessment period starts from Monday 21st June and runs until Friday 9th July.
Teachers will have informed your child about the content of these assessments. They will be taking place in class during their normal lesson time. This is the same as the way we assessed them in English Literature, Astronomy and Biology earlier this year. If they have Access Arrangements then they will be supported as necessary.
Not every subject will have an assessment. Please make sure that you take some time to look through the timetable with your child so you know when each assessment will take place. For some subjects like Art, the assessment will last for the day.
Preparation is very important for these assessments. Your support in making sure that revision in class is supplemented by revision at home would be much appreciated. Results from these assessments will form part of the Attainment 1 grades in the first Progress Review of Year 11 (Nov 2021).
Please feel free contact either myself or Mrs Were, Year 10 Head of Learning, should you have any questions.
Mr S Wilkinson
Year 10 Examination Information
Due to Covid please ensure all pupils are fully equipped as stationery cannot be lent out.
Re: Teacher Assessed Grades and the right to appeal
I hope that this letter finds you all well. We have now had the opportunity to review all of the documentation provided by the JCQ (examinations Governing Body) which was published just before the Easter holiday. I would like to take the opportunity to detail some information regarding the school processes for the allocation of the Teacher Assessed Grades.
Teacher Assessed Grades
Summer 2021 results for English Literature, Biology and Astronomy will be submitted to the Exam Boards on Friday 18th June. They will be based upon a suite of assessment data that students will have completed over the duration of their courses. The assessments undertaken before and after Easter will be included in this. Subjects will apply a consistent approach utilising all this information to allocate the grade. It is possible that you may see some fluctuation of grades between assessments. This is to be expected. The final Centre Policy – ‘Determining Teacher Assessed Grades in summer 2021’ can be found on our school website.
It is important to remember that the Teacher Assessed Grades must remain confidential. As I have already mentioned in my previous letter regarding Parents Evening, we are ‘not able to discuss anything to do with the final Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG’s)…..this information is confidential and any overt questioning regarding this would be considered as malpractice and will be reported to the exam boards’. We understand that you might have questions about final submitted grades, but we have to adhere to the strict conditions set by the governing body.
Results day and the right to appeal
Results will be distributed on Thursday 12th August from 11am until 12noon. We will use the School Hall. We will review the requirements for social distancing nearer the date, but will make sure that the expectations are clearly set out.
If for any reason you cannot collect your results on that day we will offer two alternatives;
- If you require someone else to collect your results you must email Mrs Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 16th July with your full name and tutor group and that person’s full name. When they come to collect your results, they will need to bring photo ID with them. We will not give out results, even to parents, if we have not received the information in advance.
- We will send your results home by 1st class post when we finish for results day. We will use the address we have recorded on SIMS. If you have moved recently you must make sure that we are informed as soon as you can. If you don’t want us to do this then you must contact Mrs Robinson immediately.
Students do have a right to appeal the grade allocated. There are 2 types of appeal and these are as follows:
- Centre Review - If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal to your school or college, who will review whether they:
- made an administrative error, e.g. they submitted an incorrect grade; they used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
- did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
- Appeal to the Exam Board - If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask your school or college to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:
- the school or college made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence. A reasonable judgement is one that is supported by evidence. An exercise of judgement will not be unreasonable simply because a student considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded, even if the student puts forward supporting evidence. There may be a difference of opinion without there being an unreasonable exercise of judgement. The reviewer will not remark individual assessments to make fine judgements but will take a holistic approach based on the overall evidence.
- the school or college did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
- the exam board made an administrative error, e.g. they changed your grade during the processing of grades.
It is very important to remember that as with any appeal, a grade can go up, down or stay the same as a result of the process. Only the student can request an appeal. Once we know the timeline for the appeals process we will update you. We are currently awaiting confirmation of this from the Exam Boards. Any appeal request will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Further guidance from JCQ about the whole Teacher Assessed Grading process can be found in the following document:
There will be an opportunity for students to resit any of their summer 2021 subjects in the Autumn of 2021. We are awaiting further details on the dates for these examinations and will write to you again once we have further details.
There is no doubt that this is not the position we wanted to find ourselves in for the second year running. It has added to what has already been a stressful and disrupted year. You can however rest assured that all teachers have the best interests of the students at the heart of this process.
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact wither myself, Mrs Were or Mrs Robinson.
‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ Isiah 41:10
Mr S Wilkinson
Year 10 Examination Information
|Centre Policy TAG FINAL.pdf||Download|
|Letter to Yr 10's Mocks 081220.pdf||Download|
|Year 10 English Literature Mock Letter November 2020.pdf||Download|
|Year 10 Exam Booklet.pdf||Download|
|Year 10 Students re Exam Update 110121.pdf||Download|
|Year 10 Teacher Assessed Grades~Right to Appeal 250521.pdf||Download|
Year 10 Information Evening 2020