The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published detailed guidance for schools and colleges to support the delivery of 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.
The new JCQ guidance provides detailed information on the key processes involved and is divided into the following sections:
There's also a range of materials and templates to support centres on the JCQ website.
* 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.
The guidance also covers other general qualifications (Entry Level, Core Maths and FSMQ) although there may be minor differences in the quality assurance process – we'll provide more details shortly.
For Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals, much of the JCQ guidance applies and we've provided comprehensive guidance for any differences on our website.
For our other vocational qualifications, please see our subject information update.
Please read our news article for more details about the JCQ guidance and links to further support.
All Interchange Centre Administrators with entries this summer should now have received their 'Centre Admin' login details for the OCR Grade Submission System to be able to set up the following roles:
If you have not yet received your login details, please let us know. If your link has expired, you can simply go to the Grade Submission login page and click 'Forgot password' to resend the link.
All centres are required to create a centre policy setting out the processes to be followed for determining grades in an appropriate, consistent and fair way. A pre-populated template option is available, which can be adopted in full or amended. Heads of Centre will also need to produce a summary of the policy. You will only be required to produce one full centre policy and complete one centre policy summary, even if you have entries with more than one awarding organisation.
The centre policy summary is an online form to be completed on the JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP) by 30 April 2021. The full centre policy should also be uploaded as an attachment when the summary form is completed. You can access CAP via Interchange (click on 'JCQ Centre Admin Portal' in the left-hand menu).
When you've submitted your form, please make a note of the reference. You will need this if you want to use CAP to view or print your form later.
For step-by-step guidance on how to submit your Centre Policy, please see the JCQ website.
For information on how to make entries for summer 2021, please view our FAQs:
For further arrangements, you can also view our FAQs on the following:
You'll be able to submit your teacher assessed grades using the Grade Submission System from 26 May.
The deadline for submitting teacher assessed grades is 18 June 2021.
Please remember that teacher assessed grades must remain confidential and cannot be given to students before results are issued.
The deadline for submitting endorsement grades has been extended until 18 June 2021.
Please submit grades for the GCSE English Spoken Language and A Level Science practical endorsements as normal using Interchange or EDI. See our guidance on submitting your grades via Interchange.
Endorsement grades can be given to students before they're submitted to OCR.
The deadline for access arrangements has passed but we will continue to process any applications made. As indicated in the JCQ Guidance, applications for access arrangements should still be made despite examinations not taking place in 2021. See our FAQ for more details.
Results for AS, A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals will be issued in the same week:
Updated basedata files are available to download from our our website.
Please see below the key dates for summer 2021 appeals. More detailed guidance on appeals will be provided by the JCQ.
This year, we're running a range of events:
There are a number of resources available within the dedicated Administration section to help you get prepared for the year ahead:
We're updating our frequently asked questions regularly. To receive an email notification each time a new 'FAQ' is added or updated, click on the ‘Follow’ link on the Exam Officers FAQs web page.
We’re sending exams officer updates to the email address we hold for you on the National Centre Number Register. If you need to change this email address or are not getting our messages, please email us at email@example.com. You can read all the latest updates on our website.
You can also follow us on Twitter @OCRCustSupport and Facebook @OCRforexamsofficers for the latest news.
The Exams Office gathers information on its website from stakeholders. This helps to make sure exams officers are keep up to date with the latest information in relation to this summer's awarding process.