Results day is one of the most important days in the academic year with both teachers and students anxiously waiting to find out if their hard work has paid off.
It’s often a day of mixed emotions, a day of celebrating and commiserating and saying goodbye to students as they move on.
Then it’s on to final planning for the next group of students. But how do you make sure that you use your students’ results to best inform your next year’s teaching?
Or help those students who didn’t do quite as well as expected? Or really understand what the results mean for you and your students?
This blog explores 5 ways in which we have improved our support to you both on results day and as you start preparing your next group of students for their exams.
Our new style examiners’ reports help us to share our knowledge and insight from the summer series and help you to prepare students for their exams.
These reports are framed around questions from the exam paper and some will contain candidate work from the series.
For this year, these new-style reports will be available for certain key subjects but all our examiners’ reports contain valuable insight and feedback from our Principal Examiners.
The reports will be available on Interchange from results day onwards.
This year we’ve improved the information we provide on our results slips (the OCR statements of marks). Rather than just the overall mark and grade, these now show the breakdown of marks for each paper – making it easier to see exactly how well a student has done.
We’ve also produced a handy visual guide to these results slips that tells you exactly what all of the information means – and will help you explain this to your students.
Still getting questions about the new GCSE 9-1 grades from parents and students?
Ofqual has also produced lots of useful information that you might want to direct them to.
After every exam this summer, we uploaded the exam papers to Interchange within two to ten days and mark schemes will also be available here on results day.
Using past papers alongside the relevant examiners’ report can be a great revision tool for your students as well as helping to fine-tune your own teaching. One of our subject advisors explores this in more detail in his blog: How to use examiners reports as classroom resources.
Our CPD programme for 18/19 is now available to book on the OCR CPD Hub. This year, our training consists of free Q&A webinars with our subject advisors, teaching and assessment courses with our senior examiners, as well as courses that focus on specific elements of the curriculum.
Our CPD covers all of our subjects at GCSE and A Level and we’re also rolling out a programme to meet demand in our Cambridge Nationals and Technicals.
We want to make sure your students get the results they deserve and reviews of marking are an important option. Our new improved process for reviews makes it easier to view and track your requests.
The outcome of the review will also include previous and new marks as well as grades for the overall qualification and for each component or paper.
You can also read more about our improvements on our news pages.
Don’t forget that you have a week to request a priority review of marking after results day to ensure that any reviews are resolved in time for University places.
And whatever kind of results day you have, don’t forget we offer ongoing support through our Customer Contact Centre, our subject advisors and our range of resources.
You might also want to follow us on one of our Twitter subject specific accounts for up to date information or @ocrexams. You can also contact us by email.
We hope that you found this blog useful – and you have a successful results day and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Rebecca Wood - Subject Advisor
Before joining OCR, Rebecca taught in post 16 education for 17 years. She also worked as an examiner and moderator across a range of creative subjects. Rebecca has also run workshops for young people as far afield as Brazil and Russia. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, spending time with her two sons and walking her dog.