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What we know about Grading for GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs in 2020

Dear Year 11 and Year 13 students,

As you will know, the May and June exams for GCSEs, A Levels, BTECs and other qualifications are all cancelled. The government has said that students will be awarded a calculated grade for their GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer. There will also be  an exam option for those that wish it as soon as is reasonably possible after schools reopen.

 However, we as a school need to await guidance from the Department for Education and the examination bodies on how this will happen. Once the plans are fully in place, the staff here at BGGS will be providing all the necessary information to the exam boards so that all your qualifications can be awarded. We do not yet know exactly what information they will use, but we do know that the grades will NOT be based on mock exams alone. We will tell you as soon as we can.

 Here is an extract from the Department for Education website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

 Ofqual 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 the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The 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 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. The 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.

Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is 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. 

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact myself, Mr Shah or Ms Porter by email. However, please bear in mind that we may not know the answers to your questions yet.

 Regards,

 Ms D Allen
Interim Deputy Head Teacher

Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form