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WJEC Appeals Summer 2021

 

If a candidate considers an error has been made in determining his Centre Assessment Grade, the following stages need to be followed:

Stage 1 - Centre Review Request

  • A candidate can request that the centre reviews the information to check for errors identified by the candidate using the Request Form (below)
    • Candidates must provide a brief and clear explanation of the error they believe has occurred
    • Candidates must give their written consent prior to a review as their grade could go down, up or stay the same as a result of the centre conducting a review
    • Candidates are not able to negotiate which evidence is included in the range of evidence used to determine grades
    • Grades are determined on holistic judgement via a grade based system, centres are not required to remark assessments
    • The deadline for Candidates to request a Centre Review is 10th Sep 2021; any requests made after this date will not be accepted
  • If an error error is identified the centre will rectify/correct the error and inform the candidate and the exam board of the outcome
  • If no error is identified the centre will inform the candidate and the exam board of the outcome
  • If a candidate does not agree with the centre's decision, there is no further internal centre review process. The escalation is to a stage 2 appeal.

 

Stage 2 - Awarding Organisation Appeal to WJEC

Candidates may request that their centre submits a stage 2 appeal to WJEC if they consider that an error persists following the outcome of stage 1, or if (in discussion with the centre) they consider WJEC has made an error.

 

An appeal to WJEC will not be accepted if the first stage has not been requested within the centre's deadline "10th Sep 2021"

  • The centre submits a stage 2 appeal to WJEC providing
    • the evidence used to determine the grade
    • the decision making record
    • the candidate's statement outlining the error they believe has been made
  • WJEC conducts the appeal
  • If an error is identified WJEC will inform the centre who will communicate the decision to the candidate. WJEC will correct the error if it results in a grade change.
  • If an error is not identified WJEC will inform the centre who will communicate the decision to the candidate

 

Stage 3 - Qualification Wales Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS)

The final stage of the appeals process is the EPRS. The EPRS will check whether WJEC has complied with its own procedures and Qualification Wales' requirements.

As with previous years the EPRS will not review the accuracy of the grading decisions and will not change any grades.

WJEC Centre Review Request Form

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Appeals 2021 - Deadline 10th Sep.

  • Students will have the right to appeal if they are concerned about their grade.
  • Grades will not be changed by exam boards if the evidence provided shows the grade is a ‘reasonable’ assessment.

Optional Student Request Form for Centre Reviews and Appeals to Awarding Organisations

Optional Evidence Checklist for Student Appeals

Summer 2021 Student Handout - what to do if you think there has been an error in your grading

JCQ Student Guide - Summer 2021

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Centre Assessment Grades Sum 2021 - What's the timeline?

  • From March - Teachers can get training and support from exam boards on making fair judgements on grades
  • End of March – Schools will receive optional assessment materials from the exam boards on all subjects (except art and design) and additional guidance on processes and procedures
  • Before 18 June – Schools will carry out an internal quality assurance
  • 18 June - Deadline for submitting pupil results to exam boards (leaving day for year 11) 
  • June and July - Exam boards will conduct external quality assurance by checking evidence for a sample of schools and subjects. It'll also follow up on any concerns it has about schools' internal quality assurance processes
  • 12 August - GCSE results day
  • After results are released - there'll be a window for pupils to appeal if they think their grade is wrong (the government hasn't confirmed dates for this yet)

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Updated 04/03/21

Dear Parents/ Carers and Students

Re: Arrangements for the award of GCSE, A level grades and Vocational Qualifications in summer 2021

You will be aware that in January, the government decided that this year’s GCSEs, A levels and vocational examinations could not go ahead as planned and, instead, students should receive grades based on teacher assessment. The DfE and Ofqual have now confirmed the alternative arrangements schools need to implement for the award of these qualifications in 2021. Their overarching aims are that students can get their grades and move onto their next stage of education, employment of training and that these grades are widely understood and respected.

 

The details below outline the key elements of the assessment process to determine and award grades fairly and consistently both within and across schools. Students might also wish to read this article written by Ofqual especially for them.

 

Timelines:

  • Schools will need to submit grades to the exam boards by 18 June
  • A level results will be published on 10 August
  • GCSE results will be published on 12 August
  • Vocational results will be published at the same time

 

How grades will be determined:

  • Teachers will assess the standard at which students are performing, based only on what has been taught (providing there has been sufficient coverage of the course content).
  • Teacher judgements will be based on a range of evidence. This evidence may include any of the work listed below, but the school will need to be confident that it is the student’s own unaided work and they have not been given inappropriate levels of support either at home or from tutors.
  • The evidence can be taken from any point in the course, but it is expected that more recent evidence is likely to be more representative of a student’s achievement.

The evidence base could include:

  • work produced in class or at home (including remote learning, where schools are confident it is the students’ own, unaided work). This would be expected to be similar in format as exam board material and marked using exam board mark schemes
  • tests and mock exams taken over the course of study
  • work produced in response to the additional assessment materials (mini tests) to be provided by the exam board
  • non-exam assessment (NEA) work even if this has not been fully completed
  • records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music, drama and PE
  • Teachers will be supported to arrive at grades using exam board guidance and exemplars.
  • Students will know which evidence is being used to assess them but they will not be told the grade in advance of results day.

 

How schools and the exam boards will ensure the grades are fair:

  • Schools will be expected to have internal quality assurance systems (including moderation) and checking of grades before they are submitted.
  • This internal quality assurance will also include consideration of our school’s profile of results in previous years as a guide to help check that judgements aren’t unduly harsh or lenient.
  • Exam boards will review all schools’ quality assurance processes before grades are submitted.
  • Once grades are submitted, the exam board will conduct various checks to make sure grades submitted are fair and consistent across centres. This will include sampling of evidence.
  • If there are concerns with the grades submitted, the exam board will work with the school to address this before results day. (Exam boards will not ‘remark’ the work).

 

Next steps:

We appreciate you may have many questions about how this process will work in practice, including: the nature of the evidence base; whether different subjects might consider using the exam released papers and about the content covered or missed. We would ask for your patience while we work through the practicalities and also while we wait for additional information from exam boards (due at the end of March.)

Once we have this, we will publish the arrangements on the exams page on our website.

 

Whatever further guidance is forthcoming, we will not be able to enter into conversation with parents or carers about the grades we will submit. Therefore, we would be grateful if you would avoid contacting subject teachers with specific queries about grades, because they will be unable to answer these.

 

For now, it is essential that students continue to work hard, complete all work set by teachers and respond to feedback so that the final evidence base shows their very best achievements and they can receive the grades they deserve.

 

 

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Summer Public Exams 

All candidates are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations before entering an exam room. The documents for these are to be found below:

Revision Tips For GCSE Students

 

If you want to achieve your best grades in your GCSEs in June 2020, then you need to know the best way to revise. You need to know how to develop good exam technique. You need to know how to build up your confidence. Here are some some revision techniques and tips, which could be work for you:

 

Create a Timetable. The first step is to create a realistic plan for your revision. It doesn't need to be pretty or high-tec, a piece of paper will do. Schedule when each GCSE Exam will take place. Break down each subject and plan the revision for each subject area. Schedule small chunks of revision and vary the subjects to begin to build some momentum. Once you start, it will become easier … as the inertia reduces.

 

Organise each Subject. You will be preparing for different GCSE Examinations. For each subject, gather together your notes, exercise books, text books and resources. Separate piles, separate folders.

 

Know the Exam Requirements. Print off a copy of the Exam Syllabus/Specification for each subject. Make sure that you know which Exam Board you are preparing for (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJECBtec). The Exam Specification will provide you with a breakdown of the topics that you need to cover. It will also help you identify the demands of each of the separate exam papers.

 

Make Notes. Go through your school books and begin to make notes. Write notes again and again, each time more condensed. If you only read to revise, you will retain some of the content … if you write notes to revise, you will retain much more of the content. Use memory aids, mnemonics, flashcards, if you find them helpful. Listen to podcasts, watch videos or documentaries, move to a new study area. By the week of the exam, your notes should have become condensed to just one side of A4.

 

Practice Past Papers. You can access past exam papers online. Make sure that you choose the correct Exam Boards (EdexcelOCRAQAEduqasWJEC). Schedule one exam paper each week for each subject. Create your own exam conditions. Mark your own exam papers so that you understand the marking scheme. Ask your teacher or your friends for extra help, if there are topics that you do not understand.

 

Look after your Body. Take the time you need to rest and relax from your studies. Spend some planned time with your friends. Eat nutritious food. Drink lots of water. Sleep long and deep. Find a healthy balance.

 

Build Confidence. Confidence is built on accomplishment, so get things done. Small things to start with. Follow through on your plan. You will respect yourself if you say you're going to do something and then you do it. Recognise and reward your achievements.

 

On GCSE Exam Day. Eat a good breakfast. Read through your single page of notes a few times, to calm your nerves. Have all your equipment organised and ready to go. Get to school in good time.

 

Keep things in perspective, this is a GCSE Exam...

Curriculum Map for Year 11 Revision

Student Exam Guide and Advice

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