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Introduction

Latest update: 15 July 2021

Look here for all the information you need to understand teacher assessed grades in 2021.  

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, examinations planned for summer 2021 have been cancelled.  Instead, we have submitted teacher assessed grades (TAGs) to exam boards who will award qualifications in August 2021. Teachers have identified a range of evidence to formulate TAGs that are fair and in alignment with government guidance. We want the best for our students.

Here are a few headlines to help you understand TAGs: 

  1. TAGs are based on a range of evidence completed as part of each course.  The evidence demonstrates a student’s performance on the subject content they have been taught. 
  2. In arriving at judgements for TAGs, we have ensured that it is no easier or harder for a student to achieve a particular grade this year compared to previous years.  However, in 2021 we recognise that students might not have been taught all the content and so might not demonstrate such a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding.  We have taken this into consideration when choosing the evidence to use to formulate TAGs.
  3. As part of our overall quality assurance, we have considered the grades for this year’s cohort compared to cohorts from recent years when exams have taken place (2017, 2018 and 2019).  This historical data provides a useful guide to the expected profile of results and has enabled us to check that we have not been overly harsh or lenient in our assessment of the 2021 cohort.
  4. The list of evidence used for TAGs in each subject is published here.
  5. We cannot tell students the final grade that is submitted to the exam board. Results will be published on Tuesday 10 August 2021. 
  6. As far as possible, the sources of evidence will be consistent across a class or cohort of students.  We have been asked to make the final judgement about what is to be included.  This decision is up to each school or college because different content may have been covered and there have been varying degrees of disruption across the country. Please refer to the sources of evidence referred to above.
  7. We will be asked to make a holistic judgement of each student’s performance on a range of evidence relating to the qualification’s specification content that they have been taught (either in the classroom or via remote learning).
  8. Teachers can use evidence of a student’s performance from any point during the programme of study, provided they are confident that it reflects the student’s own work.
  9. We have been asked to be careful to avoid teachers being put under pressure from students, parents or carers to submit grades that are higher than the evidence supports. The Principal has been asked to keep records of such cases and might be required to report to the exam boards any cases where she believes inappropriate pressure is being put on teachers. Exam boards may treat such cases as potential malpractice.
  10. The types of evidence we have used is detailed on page 7 of our centre policy

 JCQ guidance for students and parents:

JCQ guidance for students and parents

Ofqual: student guide:

Student guide to awarding: summer 2021

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