The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has today published detailed guidance for schools and colleges to support you in delivering teacher assessed grades and help your students to progress this summer. This follows the decisions confirmed in February that students’ grades would be based on teacher assessment, following the cancellation of exams.
The new JCQ guidance aims to help reduce the burden of teacher assessment. It provides: detailed information on the key processes involved from creating your centre policy to the issuing of results; clarity on what schools and colleges have to do and when; how we will work with you; and a set of off-the-peg forms and templates so you don’t have to create your own. We hope your students will feel reassured that the process for determining grades this year will be as fair and objective as possible.
We’ve worked with our colleagues at other exam boards, and at the DfE and Ofqual, to ensure the processes in the JCQ guidance are consistent across boards and the guidance meets official requirements. We’re pleased that the professional judgement of teachers is at the heart of the grading process this summer and we look forward to working alongside you to make this as manageable as possible for you. Please take time to read more about what’s in the guidance, our summaries, key dates and what further guidance and support we’ll be providing in the coming weeks.
The guidance is divided into the following sections:
* To support your grading decisions, there are links within the JCQ guidance to the final version of Ofqual’s guidance on submitting teacher assessed grades and regulatory framework, which were published on 24 March 2021. A link to Ofqual’s guidance on objectivity is also available.
The JCQ guidance applies to GCSEs, AS and A Levels, as well as our Extended Project Qualifications. Much of the JCQ guidance also applies to teacher assessment this summer for our popular Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals vocational qualifications which support progression to further or higher education. If you teach Cambridge Nationals or Cambridge Technicals, please be assured that we've provided a dedicated document for you. See here for more information.
To support you, we’ve provided summaries of the key content in the JCQ guidance for:
On 31 March, we’ll publish a package of support materials on our grade submission system to help teachers make grading decisions. The additional assessment materials we provide are optional and designed to fill any gaps in the evidence you have. The first phase of material will comprise sets of questions for all subjects (except art and design), mark schemes and mapping grids. This package of support can be used alongside the past papers and examiner reports we normally provide. Grade descriptors will also be available on our public website.
On 12 April, we will publish performance data and marking exemplars across a wide range of subjects and on 19 April, we will publish grading exemplars (student responses from historical exam papers) to further help you determine grades. This material will be available on our grade submission system.
Please note that from 19 April, additional assessment materials (without mark schemes) and grade descriptors will also be available to students on the public website.
We’re committed to supporting you and your students every step of the way this summer. We will continue to provide regular updates via email, on social media, on our website and through online events. Our customer support centre is always here to support you on 01223 553998 or firstname.lastname@example.org. So please sign up to receive our weekly email updates, if you haven’t already.