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Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has decided that the Summer 2021 examination series will not go ahead as planned. Instead, teachers will determine student grades, based upon a range of evidence chosen by the school.  These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect student performance on content that has been taught, and which will allow students to confidently progress to the next stage of their education or into employment.

Teachers will initially determine grades, which will then be reviewed by the school. The professional judgement of teachers will only be based on what you have been taught and teachers will use a range of evidence from across the course of study to make their decision. Teachers can assess you based on:

  • Records of your performance on the content you have been taught over the entire course of your studies.
  • Non-exam assessment, often referred to as coursework or internal assessments, even if you have not fully completed it.
  • Work you have produced in tasks set by your school or college that reflects the specification, format and marking of exam boards.
  • This could include substantial classwork, homework, internal tests or mock exams.

Schools and colleges also have the option to set tests for you in order to gather further evidence. Teachers can develop these tests or use assessment materials provided by the exam boards. Importantly, these tests are not formal exams, nor are they designed to play the role of exams. Your teachers do not need to assess you on every aspect of each subject. They just need a range of evidence that shows your performance on the aspects you have been taught. In most cases, the range of evidence that your teachers use to inform your grade will be consistent across your class or cohort for each qualification. However, your school or college may decide that a different range of evidence may be more appropriate to fairly inform your grade, if, for example, you have missed significantly more teaching than others in your class.

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