In 2021, grades for GCSEs, A levels, and most other qualifications are based on a process involving teacher assessment against national standards, internal quality assurance, and external quality assurance by the exam boards.
The national process defined by the Department for Education and the exams’ regulator, Ofqual is as follows:
- Teachers assess students against a national standard, which is defined by the exam boards
- Departments submit grades which are quality assured by the school. This internal quality assurance process is signed off by the exam board to ensure it is rigorous and in line with national standards.
- Our school results are quality assured externally by the exam boards, which may include random sampling of our school’s evidence.
- If the exam boards are confident in our submitted results, then the exam boards will award students their final grades.
- If students do not think their results are accurate, they will have the right to appeal.