Update on How GCSE Grades will be Awarded

Following the decision to close schools and not go ahead with this summer’s exams, the government has announced more details of how grades will be awarded this summer. 

Here are the main points:

  • 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 school-based assessments and classwork. .
     
  • 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.
  • Regulators and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach, to ensure that it’s as fair 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.
     
  • The aim will be to ensure that grades follow a similar pattern to that in previous 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.