22/04/2020 Year 13 Letter
22 April 2020
Following the Government’s decision to cancel the 2020 examination series you will have since received a letter from Ofqual regarding the way in which A levels will be awarded this summer. The information below also includes updated information on the awarding of Vocational subjects. This should hopefully clear up any questions you may have and also give you some guidance on what comes next for your son/daughter.
It is important to note the Awarding Bodies (exam boards) determine the final grade for each student.
A reminder of how schools have been asked to submit grades is that the classroom teacher will use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grade they believe a student would have achieved, had they sat their exams/completed their assessments this year. In addition to this, schools are required to provide a rank order of students within each grade. No further work is to be completed to inform this judgement; this includes completion of coursework for BTEC and/or OCR National qualifications. The awarding bodies will then 'use any centre assessed judgement, combined with other relevant information, to determine the most appropriate calculated result'.
Schools must submit this data to the Department for Education by 29th May 2020. Exam boards will then carry out statistical standardisation which could result in grades changing either up or down. Results will be shared with students on Thursday 13th August 2020 (not earlier as originally suggested).
The appeal process for students and schools is still being decided, however all students will have an opportunity to sit their exams in the new academic year, if they feel their result does not reflect what could have been achieved.
Should your child be applying to University, they will use these grades to decide if your child has met requirements to continue onto their chosen course.
We all understand how difficult it is for our students to have their courses stopped so abruptly and the anxiety this has caused, especially if there is a desire to continue to study a specific subject at University.
Mrs Osman and the Key Stage 5 team are aware of this and have uploaded on RULER transition work and a careers pack that we encourage all of our students to participate with.
Students are still encouraged to keep in contact with their class teachers who will continue to support them academically through this incredibly difficult time.
I hope this clarifies matters but please do not hesitate to contact the KS5 Team should you have any further questions -
Mrs Osman email@example.com
Mr Barritt firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Luck email@example.com
Executive Head Teacher