GCSEs and A-levels 2021: Exam board grading guidance published

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The Joint Council for Qualifications has published its guidance for schools on grading for this summer’s GCSEs and A-levels.

It provides information about the creation of the centre policy that needs to be submitted to exam boards, and how to determine grades.

It also details the requirements for internal quality assurance procedures and how to submit students’ grades.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, welcomed the guidance. But he said the late publication now leaves schools with a “huge amount of additional work … a time when they are already under enormous pressure managing Covid safety processes, and supporting pupils after the lockdown.

“They have 12 weeks in which to set up, deliver and quality assure assessments for every student in every subject in order to hit the deadline for submitting grades on 18 June.”

Exam boards will issue their own additional guidance, including the subject specific support materials.

The key dates have also been revealed. Other key documents, including grade descriptors for all subjects, can be viewed here.

We’ve pulled together eight things you need to know from the guidance here.


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