We know how busy you are, so we’ve highlighted the key elements from the JCQ guidance on the results and appeals for summer 2021. This summary will be of help as a quick reference point for your centre policy.
To support you and your teachers for summer 2021 we have created a series of videos that provide an overview of the JCQ guidance.
The key dates to be aware of are:
The deadline for submission of centre policies has now passed and we’ve started our external quality assurance processes.
The QA process is in three stages:
Our quality assurance webpage provides information on how to access the quality assurance portal and prepare and submit your samples.
Results for summer 2021 exams will be issued in the same week this year:
The consultation decisions relating to Ofqual's guidance on appeals have been published by Ofqual.
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.
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.
We regularly update our most frequently asked questions to support you through summer 2021.