Schools preparing for exams grading process

PREPARATION for GCSE and A-level grading is under way ahead of an unusual grading system this summer.

School exam (29535126)
School exam (29535126)

There will be no external exams.

Instead, grades will be decided by teachers and schools based on a range of evidence of students’ attainment, including mock exams currently being sat, coursework and internal assessments.

Secondary school leaders in Guernsey and Alderney have shared plans for awarding grades with students in Year 11 and 13 and their parents and carers.

While assessments that have already been completed may help teachers to reach a decision, students’ grades have not yet been decided.

The process has been designed so that the final decisions on grades are made as close to the end of the course as possible.

For students completing their studies in Year 11, teachers will be working together to ensure grades are awarded fairly across schools.

Final authorisation of grades will be made by each school’s headteacher or principal.

In the event that a student feels that their final grade in any qualification is not fair, they have the right to appeal. There will also be an opportunity for students to sit exams in the autumn.

School will continue as normal for Year 11 students up to and including Friday 28 May.

Bridging work will be provided for those going on to either the Sixth Form Centre or the College of Further Education, and for some subjects there may be opportunities to attend bridging courses in person.

GCSE and equivalent results will be published on Thursday 12 August, IB results on Tuesday 6 July and A-level and vocational qualifications on Tuesday 10 August.

Secondary School Partnership executive principal Liz Coffey said students should feel confident that their hard work would be recognised and fairly rewarded.

‘None of the differences in this year’s grading process change the value of everything they have learnt and the skills they have developed over their time at school,’ she said.

‘Students should continue to try their best, their continued learning over the next few weeks will not just influence the grades they receive this year, it will also provide a strong foundation for further study and for their futures.’

St Anne’s School deputy headteacher Wendy Wilson said her Year 11 pupils and staff continued to be fully committed to the focus on their studies.

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