The information on this page has been updated following the new release of information by Ofqual on 20th August 2020.
Student Guide to Post 16 Qualification Results: Summer 2020
Ofqual have put in place special arrangements for this summer to make sure that the vast majority of students will receive grades, so they can progress to further study or employment as expected.
Students will receive the higher of the centre assessed grades or the exam board calculated grades. Results which were downgraded by the exam boards for A level have been withdrawn and were never issued for GCSE.
This is the revised guide to help you understand how results have been awarded this year and where to find more information.
Ofqual: Student guide to post-16 qualifications results.
Ofqual have also produced information for students online about next steps following results days:
Centre Assessed Grades
Following the cancellation of the 2020 exam season, schools were asked to provide calculated grades for students on the basis of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve in each qualification had they taken the examination. These grades were determined on the basis of a wide range of information including classwork, homework, non-examinable assessments (NEAs), mock examinations and internal assessments, prior attainment and teacher knowledge of the students.
The school followed closely the process set out by Ofqual. The grades were agreed by the school following an internal quality assurance process and are not the sole responsibility of any individual teacher. A series of departmental grading meetings were held where each student was discussed and grades agreed across different teaching groups. Senior staff attended all meetings to ensure consistency of approach across the school. An internal standardisation was conducted to ensure that the attainment of the cohort was in line with expectations based on our centre’s previous results. These grades were then submitted to the exam boards for them to conduct a further statistical analysis and standardisation.
Ofqual decided not to use the examination boards’ calculated grades unless they were higher than the centre assessed grades. The Ofqual announcement can be found at this link.
Students final results have now been awarded on the basis of the higher of the centre assessed grades or the exam board calculated grades.
GCSE grades were issued in this format on results day and A level grades have been reissued following GCSE results day.
Information about the process for determining centre assessed grades can be found at this link:
PLEASE NOTE: the information in this publication about appeals has been withdrawn.
Ofqual has determined that under the exceptional circumstances of no exams taking place this summer, the normal arrangements for reviews of marking and appeals will not apply.
They have developed an appeal process. If a student believes there has been an error with their results they will be able to ask their centre to check the data submitted to the exam boards, and if an error has been made then the school will apply to the exam board with evidence of any mistakes.
The school may also appeal to the exam boards if it believes that they have used the wrong data when calculating grades, and/or incorrectly communicated the grades calculated.
Students are not able to appeal simply on the basis that they are unhappy with their final results.
Following the change to issue results based on the higher of the centre assessed grades or the exam board calculated grade Ofqual have decided to no longer consider an appeal based on mock exams.
Revised information about appeals is contained in the Ofqual: Changes to awarding of GCSE, AS and A level guide.
Further information to explain the appeal process from Ofqual for students is at this link:
Autumn Examination Series
The autumn exam series is an opportunity for students who either were unable to receive a calculated grade in the summer, or who want to try to improve their grade, to sit their exams.
A level examinations will take place between 5 October 2020 and 23 October 2020
The deadline for A level entries is 4 September 2020
GCSE examinations will take place between 2 November 2020 and 23 November 2020
The deadline for GCSE entries (except English language and mathematics) is 18 September 2020
The deadline for GCSE entries in English language and mathematics is 4 October 2020
You may sit exams in any subject you were entered for in summer 2020. You do not have to sit all subjects. Grades will be awarded on the basis of examinations only and will not include non-examinable assessment (NEA).
Information about the cost of the exam entries can be obtained from Mrs Lister, Exams Officer.
Students considering entries should seek advice from a member of the senior staff on results day.
More information about the autumn examination series is contained in the Ofqual: Student guide to post-16 qualifications results.
William Farr Information from Results Days
This is some information and the forms made available from William Farr School on the results days regarding Summer 2020 grading information and appeals.
Please note that the A level form has now been updated following the revised information about appeals from Ofqual:
The national results helpline
The National Careers Service will be delivering the Exam Results Helpline during August 2020. Young people or their parents can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if they need advice on their next steps. The helpline will be open from 8 am to 10 pm from Thursday 13 August until Friday 28 August. After these dates, young people will be able to access ongoing support from the National Careers Service at any time by calling 0800 100 900, visiting nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.