Phoebe Davis - Subject Support Co-ordinator
In the past weeks, we’ve been running online Q&A events to give you a chance to ask subject-specific questions about this year’s grading process. This followed our roundtable video, which gives suggestions on how to use support materials and answers many general grading questions. In this blog, I’ve summarised the questions asked at our Cambridge Nationals Q&A event.
No. You need to consider the evidence as a whole across the subject and the quality of the evidence holistically should guide you. Consider elements like the coverage of content, assessment objectives, etc. It doesn’t need to be every aspect of the specification, but the aim is to include evidence that shows the student’s ability across the range of content taught and, where possible, all learning outcomes.
Not necessarily. You should choose the most appropriate evidence for each student and make sure that your choice does not advantage or disadvantage any students.
Holistically! Grade descriptors will help you identify how the range of evidence for each student aligns with the expected performance standards. There are a number of steps:
In this case, it would be a good idea to develop some additional commentary to support the judgements you’ve made as well as explaining why the evidence is significantly different to the rest of the cohort.
Not until autumn. For students who will not be certificating this summer, we will be asking centres to submit unit level teacher assessed grades in the autumn and will be providing further information about the process for doing this soon.
Students should not be disadvantaged from having sat exams in January. If the result they received doesn’t reflect the level they’re working at, you can use other pieces of evidence to support their grade instead. Alternatively, if students were happy with their grades – feel free to take those grades into account when determining the overall grade.
Yes, ‘banked’ units can definitely be taken into account when determining grades. Just be mindful that if a unit was taken early in a course of study, a student may have improved their performance during their course. You should include a rationale for how you have used banked evidence.
Not necessarily – use the evidence you think is most representative of student’s performance. More recent evidence is likely to be the most accurate reflection of this, but there will be exceptions.
For Cambridge Nationals, we’ll select schools and colleges for the quality assurance checks and we’ll tell you by 25 June if you’ve been selected. We’ll then ask you to submit evidence and records for five students. This sampling is separate to the GCSE sampling that will also happen.
If you have further questions about this summer’s grading process, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 01223 553998 or tweet us @OCR_vocational. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive email information about resources and support.
All advice and guidance provided by awarding bodies regarding arrangements for summer 2021 undergoes ratification by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications). This is to ensure that awarding bodies provide consistent information to centres. The content of the above blog is currently being reviewed by the JCQ and is therefore potentially subject to some change in wording.
Phoebe is a Subject Support Co-ordinator and has worked for Cambridge Assessment in various roles since 2015. Since joining the subject team in 2018, Phoebe has been responsible for a range of subjects including law, citizenship and the Extended Project Qualification.