The key dates to be aware of are:
We hope students at your school or college received the results they needed this summer to progress to the next stage of their education or employment. If you or your colleagues are considering appeals, here is some guidance to help you, plus a summary of the process below:
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has also published detailed guidance on the appeals process in place for summer 2021 results which are based on teacher assessment.
We've produced a quick guide to appeals to support you.
For everything you need on our appeals process including our fees policy for 2021, please see our dedicated appeals guidance.
A centre review is the first stage of a summer 21 appeal. Students can ask schools and colleges if an administrative or procedural error has occurred. These error checks can also take place before results have been issued where prompted by a school's or college's own quality assurance processes. Requests for a Centre Review post results must be made directly by students to the school or college which submitted the grade. If a school or college finds an error in the grade they submitted, they need to send exam boards a correction request. If we agree with the revised grade, and the reason for it, we'll issue a changed grade for sharing with the student.
Before students can request stage two of the appeals process, students must first have asked their school or college to review whether an administrative or procedural error has been made i.e. completed Stage One of the appeals process. If the school or college does not agree about the error, but the student still thinks there has been an administrative or procedural error, or thinks a teacher has exercised an 'unreasonable academic judgement' in deciding a grade, a student can ask them to submit an appeal to us.
All the evidence on which the judgement was made must be submitted with the appeal. We will ask independent reviewers to consider if the original teacher assessed grade was a reasonable exercise of academic judgement. Our independent reviewers would only decide if there had been an unreasonable exercise of judgement if the teacher assessed grade was clearly wrong, i.e. if there was no basis upon which the grade could properly have been given.
There’s going to be an extra exam series this autumn if your students want to improve on the grade they get this summer. If they're considering the option of an autumn exam, see our timeline which has the entry dates for autumn exams.
After exams were cancelled earlier this year, we committed to passing back any savings to schools and colleges in the form of a rebate on our qualification fees.
We regularly update our most frequently asked questions to support you through summer 2021.