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GCSE/A Level Assessments 2021

JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on GCSE/A Level Exams

Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government decided that the Summer 2021 examination series did should not go ahead as planned. Instead, teachers will determine student grades, based upon a range of evidence verified by their school. These results will then be reviewed by the exam boards who designed each course, before awarding the final grades which reflect the student’s performance on content they have been taught, and allow each student to confidently progress to the next stage of their education or into employment.

The JCQ document provides an overview of the most important information that students and parents or guardians need to know about how grades will be awarded this summer. This includes a timeline of what is happening and when; how teachers, schools and colleges will determine grades; and when you will receive your results. JCQ and the exam boards have been working together actively to support teachers, schools and colleges to determine your grades this summer. Your school or college will be setting their own approach for teachers to follow which will be developed in line with guidance from the exam boards, Ofqual and the Department for Education.


The Appeals Process

Following the publication of the results in August, there is an Appeal Process, which the Awarding Bodies have put in place, and a summary of this process can be found in the following documents:


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