COVID – 19
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As a Trust, we understand that this is an unusual and unsettling time for our students, but particularly those who were expecting to take exams in the summer and use the grades achieved to move on to the next stage of their learning or lives. Not surprisingly, our staff have already had a number of students and parents/carers contact them about how grades will be predicted and what these may be. On that basis, we feel it would be helpful to clarify our current position.
With regard to how students’ grades will be generated, we have had broad guidance from the government which we received on Friday. This can be viewed using the link:
It would be useful to particularly draw your attention to the extract below:
“To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges.”
Unfortunately, until we receive this guidance, it is very difficult for us to comment any further but you will see there is an expectation that we use a range of evidence for predictions and that there will be an effort to make it as objective as possible. It is also important to note that the examination boards will be responsible for producing the final grade although this will be with reference to our predictions.
We will be in contact with all parents/carers and students as soon as we know exactly what the government’s guidance is and how we will implement this in the given timescale. In the meantime, individual staff will not be able to give any information on how they will decide a grade – anything at this stage would only be speculation so is that not helpful or informative. However, students should be encouraged to contact us if they want to discuss how they are feeling, or talk through their plans for the next few months.