On this page, we have brought together all of the information we have issued about grading this year so far, along with the information from the government that you need to know about. We have also included important upcoming dates so you know what is happening with the grading process at each stage.

7th January: Letter issued with the government announcement about exams not going ahead this summer: HERE

1st March: Letters issued with overview of in-class assessments and links to emerging information from the government about this year’s grading process: Year 11 HERE & Year 13 HERE

9th March: Letter with details of in-class assessments issued: HERE

19th March: Letter about access arrangements for in-class assessments issued: HERE

22nd March: In-class assessments commence. Students do not put their names on scripts so their responses are marked and moderated anonymously.

26th March: The Joint Council for Qualifications launches their support materials: HERE

We recommend everyone reads this:

31st March: Additional Assessment Materials released to schools from exam boards (sets of questions, mark schemes and mapping).

19th April: Additional Assessment Materials (examples of graded work) and additional sets of questions publicly available on exam board websites (we will be using these assessments in school, see below).

Ongoing after Easter: Students continue working hard, producing evidence. Teachers trained on making grade decisions objectively.

Letter issued about upcoming assessments for Year 11 and Year 13.

10th May: government release a student guide to grading: HERE

From May 10th: Students complete in-class assessments using Additional Assessment Materials from exam boards. Details of these shared with pupils in advance of completing them. Revision Priorities HERE.

Letter issued about mitigating circumstances HERE

13th May: Awarding your BTEC Level 3 qualification(s) in 2021 Letter HERE

20th May: Students informed which evidence has been selected for grading. A copy of this is issued to them to sign.

25th May (Staff training day – pupils not in school): Teachers commence grading with the rest of their teams, using the selected evidence.

7th June onwards: Internal quality assurance.

18th June: Grades submitted to exam boards.

18th June to 16th July: Exam boards conduct sample checks of evidence.

10th August: Year 13 results day.

12th August: Year 11 results day.

Please note that some of these dates may change based on the release of further government guidance.

Contact Info

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Aldridge, Walsall
West Midlands

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