Teacher Assessed Grades 2021

How will the students be graded this summer?

  • Teachers will decide on a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) that will assess the standard at which a student is performing in the absence of the usual exams sat by students.
  • TAGs will apply to all GCSEs, A Levels and Vocational courses.
  • The school will need to submit final grades to exam boards by 18th June.
  • The school has created a Centre Policy which outlines our approach to TAGs and internal quality assurance – this document is a JCQ requirement:

Centre Policy

  • JCQ have released a guide for students and parents/carers – please see link below for this useful document:

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

What evidence will be used to come up with their TAG?

  • Teachers will draw on a broad range of evidence to make their final assessment.  Decisions about the final TAG will be evidence-based and might include tests, class work, mock examinations etc.
  • Evidence will cover a range of topics to demonstrate a student’s breadth of knowledge.
  • In most cases evidence will be consistent across the class or cohort to ensure validity and reliability of evidence used.
  • Exam boards have produced AAMs (Additional Assessment Materials) that schools may use if they wish and departments have reviewed this material and have used elements of it in class assessments.
  • Marks or percentages may be given for individual pieces of work but individual assessments will not be graded.
  • See links below for lists of evidence for each subject for Year 11 and Year 13:

Year 11 Evidence List

Year 13 Evidence List

When will assessments take place?

  • Assessments will take place when the teacher feels the students will do their best – this may vary slightly between classes and subjects.
  • Many subjects completed some assessment work before Easter and will continue with in class assessments until the end of May.  This will maximise the number of opportunities students will have to demonstrate their performance.

What if my son/daughter does not do well in an assessment?  Can they re-sit?

  • Students can only try their best!  Teachers will be preparing all of the students for their assessments and students will have plenty of opportunities to complete a range of assessments in subjects. 
  • It is important students are checking Show My Homework and completing homework tasks to prepare for their work in lessons.
  • We cannot run re-sits of assessments in the cases of students not performing well – the students will have a range of evidence we will use when coming up with their final grades.

What if my son/daughter is absent from school and misses an assessment?

  • The department will run catch up assessment sessions after school for the students to complete the assessment at the first available opportunity on their return.  If an assessment cannot be completed due to student absence the assessment will not be in the student’s folder of evidence.

Are these assessments in class actually “exams”?

  • No.  Assessments will generally be 30-45 minutes in length (much shorter than normal exams) and take place in in lesson time and in classrooms.
  • This will enable the teachers to “chunk” up the assessments and spread them across a number of weeks to help the students in preparing for and doing their best.

Can my son/daughter complete “extra” essays at home, bring them in for teachers to mark and include them in their evidence folders?

  • This is not possible as we need to assure exam boards that evidence that will be included is part of our agreed assessment processes.

My son/daughter is worried that their mock exams are not as strong as they wished.  Will they be included in the evidence?

  • Mock exams are a useful evidence source, especially if students performed well, but there will be plenty of opportunities for students to complete a range of assessments that will show them at their best and that we can include in their folder of evidence.

My son/daughter should have special consideration applied to her evidence folder.  What do I do?

  • The usual process of centres submitting special consideration applications to awarding bodies will not apply this summer.
  • The range of evidence is flexible and can be tailored to an individual student according to coverage of the specification.
  • Special consideration cannot be applied due to lost teaching and learning.
  • Any requests for special consideration should be emailed to exams@cheam.sutton.sch.uk by Friday 21st May.
  • More information about special consideration can be found at link below

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf

My son/daughter has access arrangements e.g. extra time in exams – will this still apply?

  • Yes.  Students will have available access arrangements for their in class assessments.  This may mean that students complete their assessments in a different room to their usual classroom.  If any parents/carers have questions about this, please email senco@cheam.sutton.sch.uk.

Will the student know their TAG before Results Day?

  • No.  Teachers cannot discuss the final TAG grades with parents/carers or students.  This is because the grades we submit are provisional and need to be quality assured by the exam boards.

Will exam boards check our TAG process?

  • Yes. The system in place is robust and relies on the school completing in depth training and extensive paperwork.  There are three stages to the external quality assurance conducted by exam boards:
  • Stage 1 – centre policy review – our centre policy will either be accepted, or exam boards may contact us where there are gaps in the policy or points of clarification.
  • Stage 2 – virtual centre visits - online visits from an exam board where there are concerns about the centre policy, taking place in May and June.
  • Stage 3 – post submission sampling – a random and a risk-based sampling of subject-level evidence. Risk-based sampling includes significantly different results from previous years, and concerns raised in stages 1 and 2.

When are results days?

  • Results will be issued to students in August after internal quality assurance by schools and external quality assurance by exam boards.
  • A Level Results Day will be on Tuesday 10th August.  Students should enter and exit via Stoughton Road.

Surname beginning

Time

 

Surname beginning

Time

A – C

09:00

 

M – P

09:45

D – G

09:15

 

Q – S

10:00

H – L

09:30

 

T – Z

10:15

  • GCSE Results Day will be on Thursday 12th August.  Students should enter and exit via Stoughton Road.

Surname beginning

Time

 

Surname beginning

Time

A – B

09:00

 

M – O

10:00

C – D

09:15

 

P – R

10:15

E – H

09:30

 

S – U

10:30

I – L

09:45

 

V – Z

10:45

Can students appeal their grade?

  • Yes - please click here to redirect to our Appeals Guidance