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Ofqual guide

The Ofqual Guide  has been put together to ensure students and their parents/carers have access to all of the information they need regarding determining grades in Summer 2021.  Students with entries in the Summer 2021 series of exams will also receive a printed copy of this handbook in their Results Envelope.

Arrangements for Appeals

There are two stages to the appeals process:

  • Stage 1 - centre review
  • Stage 2 - appeal to the awarding organisation

Sale Grammar School will support its students through the centre review and awarding organisation appeals process.

The information below describes the arrangements in place at Sale Grammar School for conducting a centre review and (where applicable) submitting an appeal to the awarding organisation following a centre review.

Stage 1 – Centre review

  • If a student does not consider they have been issued with the correct grade, they can submit a JCQ Student Request Form for Centre Reviews request by electronic form, which is available here, to the Exams Officer, to check if an administrative or procedural error has occurred
  • The student should open the form, read the important instructions, fully complete the Stage one – centre review form including electronic signature and date. The form should be submitted by the ‘return by’ date specified on the form
  • The outcome of the centre review may result in the student’s grade being lowered, remaining the same, or being raised
  • On completion of the review Mrs Cutler will complete a section B. Centre review outcome form and share with the student as a record of the outcome, in sufficient time prior to the relevant appeal to awarding organisation deadline
  • If an administrative or procedural error is found, Mrs Cutler will submit a request to the awarding organisation to correct the error and amend the grade without the need to submit an appeal to the awarding organisation

Stage 2 – Appeal to the awarding organisation

  • An appeal to the awarding organisation will only be submitted if the first stage, centre review, has been completed and the outcome of the first stage has been issued to the student
  • The awarding organisation will not be able to consider an appeal that is based solely on differences of opinion - if the student wants to improve their grade they may want to consider entering for the autumn exam series
  • If the student believes there is still an error following the centre review, or if the awarding organisation has made an administrative error, or the student considers that the grade awarded was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement, the student can submit a request to Mrs Cutler to proceed with an appeal to the awarding organisation on their behalf
  • To proceed, the student must request and complete the JCQ Student Request Form for Appeals to Awarding Organisations, The student should open the form, read the important instructions, fully complete the Stage two – appeal to awarding organisation form including electronic signature and date. The form should be submitted by the ‘return by’ date specified on the form
  • Mrs Cutler will then submit the appeal on the student’s behalf according to the requirements of the awarding organisation to which it is being submitted
  • The awarding organisation will determine the grade at appeal and the outcome will be final
  • The outcome of the centre review may result in the student’s grade being lowered, remaining the same, or being raised
  • There is no further opportunity to appeal the outcome to the awarding organisation
  • The awarding organisation’s appeal outcome letter will be provided by email to the student by Mrs Cutler, as soon as reasonably practical after the outcome letter from the awarding organisation is received in the centre
  • Should the student still remain concerned their grade was incorrect, they may be able to apply for a procedural review
  • The appeal outcome letter will include the next appropriate steps, where applicable, to apply for a procedural review to the Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS)

Note - Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If your grade has been lowered, you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day.

Deadlines to submit a request

Priority appeal[1]

16 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 - centre review

23 August 2021 – deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

Non-priority appeal

3 September 2021 - deadline for a student to request a Stage 1 - centre review

17 September 2021– deadline for a student to request a Stage 2 – appeal to awarding organisation

All of this information is subject to change depending on further information and guidance from Ofqual and the government.

[1] A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal. You will need to provide in the request form(s) your UCAS personal ID code which is included in all correspondence from UCAS. This is needed to confirm that a student’s place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.

Intent to Sit Exams in the Autumn 2021 Series

You must express your intent to sit exams in the Autumn 2021 series as soon as possible.

An electronic ‘Intent to Sit’ application form can be found here. If you wish to sit any or all of your exams, please fill out the form fully and clearly, indicating which subjects you would like to be entered for as soon as possible and, at the latest, by the following dates:

A Level - Monday 6th September 2021

GCSE - Thursday 30th September 2021

Due to awarding body entry deadlines, late forms will not be accepted.

Once we have received and processed your forms, the Exams Officer will be in touch with further information in due course.

Any exams you intend to sit will be at Sale grammar School*. Exams will take place:

AS and A level    :               4th – 22nd  October 2021

GCSE     :                           1st November – 3rd December 2021

Please note that the exams in the Autumn 2021 series are not mandatory.

* Please note that if you wish to sit GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths and are moving to a new school or college, these exams will be taken there

JCQ Student Centre Review Request Form: 

Autumn Series Intention to Sit Form:

 

 

 

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