GCSE Results 2020 - Information for Students, Parents & Carers
How were grades awarded?
The process of awarding GCSE grades this year has been significantly different from previous years, made even more unusual by the last-minute uncertainty around the method used to award this year's grades.
Following the cancellation of exams, schools were asked to submit Centre Assessed Grades to exam boards. The grades submitted were based on a broad range of information, including mock exams and on-going teacher assessments. CAGs are not solely the responsibility of any individual teacher: each subject followed a rigorous internal quality assurance process and the school applied strict protocols and procedures to ensure grades were fair and accurate. You can find a detailed explanation about the process of awarding Centre Assessed Grades in this letter from Ofqual or by watching this short video.
After submission, each school’s CAGs were put through a statistical standardisation process by Ofqual to ensure that grades awarded this year are consistent with those awarded to other cohorts in previous years. This resulted in their 'calculated grade'. The 'official' grade received is the highest of the CAG awarded or the calculated grade.
What to do if you believe your grade is unfair or incorrect
We politely ask that students and parents/carers do not seek to discuss the final awarded grades with their subject teachers.
If you have a concern about the grade you have received, you should email the school at email@example.com.Please explain the basis for your concern and state clearly on which grounds (maladministration or malpractice) you believe there may be a reason to appeal according to the information in the 'Appeals' section below.
Once we receive details of your concerns, we will undertake a checking process and aim to reply to you within two working days.
Should you have on-going concerns after this process has taken place, you may choose to make a complaint to school.
As stated by Ofqual, students do not have a right to appeal because they disagree with the Centre Assessed Gradethey were awarded.
Please note the following guidance from Ofqual relating to CAGs:
You cannot challenge your school or college under the appeals process on the centre assessment grade(s) it submitted or your rank order position(s). Any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place – in the unique circumstances of this summer, we do not believe there is such a person. Also, because of the role of the rank order in grading this year, such an appeal would affect other students in your cohort: if one student successfully appealed against their position in the rank order, it would have negative implications for other students who would, in turn, need to be given an opportunity to appeal.
Appeals will only be considered based on:
administrative error (maladministration) by the school when submitting their centre assessment grade or position in the rank order to the exam board.
wrongdoing (malpractice) in the way grades have been awarded by the school (e.g. bias or discrimination, or where there is evidence that the school has not applied its processes properly)
Appeals can only be entrered by the school where it feels there are reasonable grounds to do so in line with guidance from Ofqual. Students may choose to contact exam boards directly if they believe they have evidence of serious malpractice.
The flowchart below provides further guidance about the process of appeals:
Re-sitting your GCSE Exams
Under current arrangements, students have the right to re-sit exams in the autumn term in subjects where you feel they have the potential to achieve a higher grade. The school is responsible for entering students for these exams but information about arrangements have not been fully released by the Department for Education. We will publish more information when we receive it.
If you are looking to join a college for post-16 studies, you are advised to discuss re-sitting exams with them as each college will have its own arrangements in place regarding the implications for start dates and enrolment.