Centre Assessed Grades Internal Appeals and Inquires

INTERNAL APPEALS AND INQUIRIES

Centre Assessed Grades Inquiries

The deadline for inquiries is: 4 September 2020

If you feel there has been a mistake or error made when awarding your grade please read and follow the information below:

From Ofqual 

"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"

Students cannot appeal against their school or college’s centre assessment grades and position in the rank order for the following reasons:

1. The appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than the student’s teachers to judge the grade they would likely have received if the exams had taken place – in the unique circumstances of this summer Ofqual do not believe there is any such person.

2. An appeal would also require students to have access to the information their school or college put forward before being submitted to exam boards. This may compromise the reliability of this year’s approach. If one student successfully appealed against their position in the rank order, it would have negative implications for other students who would, in turn, need to be given an opportunity to appeal.

If you’d like an opportunity to improve your grade, you can choose to sit exams in the autumn series instead. If you have concerns about a mistake that may have been made by the exam board or centre, 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 or rank order information please complete the following form:

 Centre Assessed Grade Inquiry Form

Internal Appeals

If you have completed the Centre Assessed Grades Inquiry form and are not satisfied with the schools processes related to this, please read the following information and complete the Internal Appeals form.

The best option for the majority of students who are unhappy with their grades - and feel they can’t progress with the results they’ve received - will probably be to sit exams in the autumn.

The appeals process for this summer isn’t like the usual reviews of results process – so it’s not possible to appeal grades just because schools or students feel they don’t reflect a student’s ability. Any student who would like to improve their grades will have the opportunity to take the full suite of AS and A-level exams in October, and GCSEs in November. They could also resit in summer 2021.

Ofqual has confirmed that appeals will only be allowed where a school believes it has made an error when submitting its information - or if the school believes an exam board made a mistake or didn’t follow the proper process when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade.

Schools can also appeal if they feel previous cohorts taken into account during standardisation aren’t sufficiently representative of this year’s students.

The deadline for appeals is: 10 September 2020

Information from Ofqual:

Once students have received their result, students will have the right to: 

Appeal against the following centre decisions:

1. Not to seek any information the awarding body holds that would be needed for an appeal

2. Not to appeal to the awarding body

Students cannot appeal against their school or college’s centre assessment grades and position in the rank order for the following reasons: 

The appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than the student’s teachers to judge the grade they would likely have received if the exams had taken place – in the unique circumstances of this summer Ofqual do not believe there is any such person.

An appeal would also require students to have access to the information their school or college put forward before being submitted to exam boards. This may compromise the reliability of this year’s approach. If one student successfully appealed against their position in the rank order, it would have negative implications for other students who would, in turn, need to be given an opportunity to appeal 

If you have already completed the Centre Assessed Grades Inquiry form and are not satisfied with the schools processes related to the centres decisions , please complete the following Internal Appeals form. If a student has evidence of serious malpractice and feels they can’t raise it with their school, it might be appropriate for them to go directly to an exam board.

Internal Appeals Form