The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has now published detailed guidance for schools and colleges to support you in delivering teacher assessed grades and help your students to progress this summer.
We’ve highlighted the key elements from the JCQ guidance on the determination of grades for summer 2021. We hope this summary will be of help as a quick reference point for grading your students.
These are key dates you should be aware of:
Grades should be a holistic, objective, judgement based on the evidence used.
Centres should also refer to Ofqual’s guidance, Information for centres about making objective judgements.
We expect you to have reviewed the grade descriptors and exemplification materials provided by us before grading students.
Every centre must produce an assessment record for each subject cohort, that includes the nature of the assessment evidence being used, the level of control for assessments considered, and any other evidence that explains the determination of the final teacher assessed grades. Any necessary variations for individual students must also be recorded.
We’ve prepared a five step guide to support you:
Much of the JCQ guidance published on the 26 March also applies to determining teacher assessed grades this summer for our popular Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals vocational qualifications which support progression to further or higher education. As there are differences in the content and structure, we’re producing our own dedicated guidance to help you determine and submit teacher assessed grades for students certificating with Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals this summer.
On 24 March, we published our first guidance document explaining how to make your judgements that form the basis for TAGs.
Plus, we’ve now provided a dedicated guidance document for you covering all the key processes from quality assurance to results. This features guidance which is specific to your qualifications and is not covered by JCQ guidance. Our dedicated guidance document includes the grading guidance we’d produced on 24 March.
In February 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual confirmed that students taking our Functional Skills qualifications are to continue to take assessment where it is safe to do so. Where your students are not able to access live assessments safely or remotely, and you have exhausted all other options to take a test, you will be able to submit a request for a grade based on teacher judgement.
We have created a guidance document which explains how you can judge if your students are eligible for a teacher assessed grade and the process you should use to make your judgements.
As part of the work to give students' results this summer, we’ll be asking you to submit teacher assessed grades for GCSE, AS/A Level, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals by the 18 June 2021 using our grade submission system which is the same system you used for summer 2020.
This is also where you'll be able to download our additional assessment materials, if required, to support teachers' professional judgements.
We will provide information on how to submit teacher assessed grades for Functional Skills, Life and Living Skills, Digital Employability and Entry Level Using ICT in week beginning 19 April 2021.
We’ve collated our most frequently asked questions to support you through 2021 and these are being updated on a regular basis.
Wellbeing and mental health are extremely important as we work through these extraordinary times. We have some blogs which you may find useful:
You can also hear from our colleague Sam and his daughter Emily, who talk about how they are feeling about lockdown and home-schooling this time round. They also offer some tips on making the best out of what is a difficult time.
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