Exam information for year 11 students, August 2020
Well done to this year’s year 11 students. We know this has been a particularly challenging time for you all. Our teachers and exams office worked tirelessly to ensure the most accurate Centre Assessment Grades were entered for each student, so we hope you are pleased with your results. We wish you every success for the future – please keep in touch. If you need any help or advice for college places or course, please get in touch.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of your grades, the following information should help. It explains how your grades were arrived at and how to appeal if you feel you meet the criterial. Should you choose to take some of the exams you were entered for this year in the Autumn term (November), please find information about this and the application form below.
- Summer 2020 Results and Appeals process, Saltley Academy
- Internal appeals form
- Student guide to appeals, malpractice & maladministration complaints (JCQ)
- Saltley Academy exam series Autumn 2020 application
Please remember the rules this year differ to normal years because of this unique situation and only schools and colleges can submit an appeal. The following is taken from the Student guide to appeals, malpractice & maladministration complaints (JCQ):
It is important to remember that:
• You can ask your school or college to check whether it made a mistake when submitting data to the exam board. If your school or college finds it made a mistake in the data it provided it can ask the exam board to correct it
•Your school or college can appeal to the exam board on your behalf if it believes the exam board made a mistake when it communicated your grades
• You cannot challenge your school or college under the appeals process on the centre assessment grades it submitted or your rank order positions – any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. In the unique circumstances of this summer, we do not believe there is such a person
• You cannot appeal because your mock exam result was higher than your grade. Your mock grade will have been taken into account in deciding your centre assessment grade. You will either receive your centre assessment grade or your calculated grade (whichever is higher).
I think there might have been a mistake when my school or college submitted my centre assessment grade
You can ask your school or college to check whether it made an administrative error when submitting your centre assessment grade or rank order information. Administrative errors might include, for example, mixing up 2 students with similar names, or accidentally copying across the wrong data, but do not relate to the professional judgements of centres in giving centre assessment grades. If your school or college thinks it made a mistake, it can submit an appeal to the exam board, but it must be supported by clear evidence that an error had been made.
I don’t agree with the centre assessment grade that I was given by my teachers
Your school or college submitted the grades it believes you were most likely to achieve if exams had gone ahead. We know many students wanted to be able to challenge their centre assessment grades if they were unhappy with them, but we judged this could not be done consistently and fairly. Any appeal would have to be decided by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. Because exams were cancelled, we don’t think there is such a person. This means you can’t appeal your grade just because you don’t agree with the centre assessment grade submitted by your school or college.
Your school or college can’t appeal against the centre assessment grades that they decided were correct when they submitted it to the exam board. The head of centre made a declaration to confirm that the centre assessment grades it provided were the grades its students were most likely to have received if the exams had gone ahead.
If you’d like an opportunity to improve your grade, you can choose to sit exams in the autumn, or in summer 2021, instead.
If you have concerns about bias, discrimination or something else that suggests that your school or college did not behave with care or integrity when determining your centre assessment grade, see ‘student guide to appeals, malpractice & maladministration complaints’.
I think I could have done better if I had sat my exams
You can’t appeal your grade because you think you would have done better in your exams. If you would prefer to take exams you can do so in the autumn exam series for GCSE, AS and A level.
My mock result was higher than my centre assessment grade
You can’t appeal your grade to ask to be given your mock exam result. You will receive your centre assessment grade or calculated grade, whichever is higher. Your school or college would have considered your mock results when deciding your centre assessment grades.
I’m entitled to reasonable adjustments due to my disability, and I don’t think this was taken into account when determining my centre assessment grade
If you have concerns that any reasonable adjustments weren’t taken into account when determining your centre assessment grade or rank order information, you should speak to your school or college. If you have evidence of serious malpractice (wrongdoing) on the part of your school or college, it may be appropriate to bring those concerns directly to the exam board instead. See ‘student guide to appeals, malpractice & maladministration complaints’.
Note: reasonable adjustments are changes made to an assessment or to the way an assessment is conducted that reduce or remove a disadvantage caused by a student’s disability. They are needed because some disabilities can make it harder for students to show what they know and can do in an assessment than it would have been had the student not been disabled. The Equality Act 2010 requires exam boards to make reasonable adjustments to assessments for disabled students.
I think my result, or someone else’s, has been affected by wrongdoing such as discrimination or bias
If you have concerns about bias, discrimination or any other factor that suggests that your school or college did not behave with care or integrity when determining your centre assessment grade you should first raise these concerns with your school or college.
Your school or college must have a system in place to deal with these complaints. If you have evidence of serious malpractice (wrongdoing) on the part of your school or college, it may be appropriate to bring those concerns directly to the exam board initially instead.
Where there is evidence to suggest that the centre assessment grades may not have been determined appropriately, we require exam boards to investigate allegations as potential malpractice or maladministration. You would need to have evidence for this to be investigated by the exam board. Some examples of evidence are provided in our student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints.
If the investigation finds that the centre assessment grade or rank order information was not determined appropriately and that this has led to an incorrect final result, the exam board must consider the action needed, including correcting that result if appropriate.
Such allegations would be very serious, and we expect them to be rare. You can find out more information on how to make a complaint of malpractice in Ofqual’s student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints.
College references were completed in November therefore teachers did not have all the assessment information at that time that they had when completing the centre assessed grades e.g. mock exams and a further term of teaching. Unfortunately, if you’re college reference was higher than your final grade, you cannot appeal it on this basis.