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Yr11 - Information and Updates

Update re. GCSE Results this year:

This week the Secretary of State for Education wrote a letter that outlined the terms of a consultation. He made the following points:

  • Teachers will be asked to assess their students
  • The final judgement on a student’s grade ought to be as late as possible
  • A breadth of evidence should inform teachers’ judgements
  • It is possible that grades may be informed by externally set tasks or papers
  • An algorithm will not be used to set or automatically standardise anyone’s grade

We know that this information will now form part of a consultation and we expect further specific details to clarify the assessment process. In the meantime, students should continue to work as hard as they can.  This is important for a range of different reasons including preparation for future assessments, maintaining a sense of routine and for future progression.

I can reassure parents that while our current plans include examinations in school, it is clear that we will be required to take a range of evidence into account when making decisions about final grades. It is also clear that decisions related to awarding grades should not be made before the summer term. We will ensure that all students have the best available opportunities to achieve the grades that they have worked for.