How will your A Level Grade be calculated

  1. Predicted Grade – This is your current predicted grade, it will have little bearing on your actual result
  2. Teachers New Predicted Grade – Your teacher will use a variety of evidence such as
    • Completed coursework
    • Mock results
    • Assessments done throughout the year
  3. Exam Board – The exam board acts as a filter taking out the wacky grades based on data modelling your previous performance in exams such as GCSEs to project the likelihood of you achieving your grade as well as your schools previous performance. Some people may also be leveled in order to ensure a similar number of people achieve the number of grades each year. This is aimed at creating maximum realism.
  4. Your Final Grade – Your final filtered grade will be given to you towards the end of July. You will be unable to challenge this particular result unless you choose to sit an exam which will take place some time in September or October.
  5. Universities will likely be flexible due to the fact this grade will not directly represent your abilities with some universities removing subject requirements and replacing them with unconditionals or lowered offers.

How will students still get A-level and be admitted to university?

Students are likely to be awarded predicted grades on the basis of teacher assessment and mock exam results, school leaders have suggested.

The government has yet to set out the details on how grades will be awarded using an alternative assessment system but an announcement is due in the next few days.

When asked whether online testing could be on the cards or whether teacher assessment would be used, Mr Williamson said the government did not have a clear preference.

Mr Williamson has said that there will be a “full and detailed appeals process” so parents and pupils will be able to question results issued. But the details on how this will work have yet to be announced. 

Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, believes the university admission process could still go ahead as normal this summer if an appropriate method is found to assess students and award grades.

If exam grades cannot be awarded, Mr Jarvis said that one option may be to give university places based on an applicant’s predicted grades and personal statement.

Full article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/coronavirus-schools-shut-a-levels-gcses-qualifications-university-offers-exams-cancelled-a9411531.html


Will any exams take place this summer?

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that all statutory exams including A-levels – will no longer take place this academic year.

But Mr Williamson has said the government is aiming to do all it can to ensure students still receive their A-level results in August as planned. 


All schools to close from Friday; GCSE and A-level exams cancelled 

All UK schools will close immediately to staff and most pupils from Friday afternoon until further notice.

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2020/mar/18/uk-coronavirus-live-boris-johnson-pmqs-cbi-urges-government-pay-businesses-directly-saying-350bn-loangrant-package-not-enough


Will my School Close?

At the moment, the government is advising schools to stay open. However, it “may be necessary” to close them in the future, according to the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. The UK’s approach is that children are not as vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus as adults. The government is also concerned that closing schools would cause widespread disruption. Many parents – including much-needed NHS staff – would have to take time off work to look after their children.

Keeping England’s schools open is the “best course of action”, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said.

Could exams be cancelled?

The current advice from all the exams watchdogs is that teachers and students should prepare for exams as normal.England’s watchdog, Ofqual, said: “Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.”

What if someone at my school is ill?

Schools are being urged to ensure pupils and staff wash their hands frequently. And they are being told to clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly. If pupils become unwell at school they should be isolated this should ideally be in a room behind a closed door and a window open. If that’s not possible, they should be moved to an area at least two metres away from other people.

Full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51643556


Cancel this year’s GCSEs and A-levels if schools disrupted, says top academy head

The government should cancel this year’s GCSE and A-level exams and hold them in 2021, with pupils repeating the current year if the Covid-19 outbreak leads to widespread disruption, the head of England’s most successful multi-academy trust Hamid Patel has told the Guardian.

This may mean requiring this year’s pupils to effectively start again in the next academic year in September, sitting their exams in spring 2021, Patel said.

The Department for Education (DfE) is to hold a meeting with key school leaders and teaching unions on Monday, to brief them on the latest developments and explain the government’s strategy, including its views on closing schools and when or how to hold exams.

A number of policy options are being discussed within No 10 and the DfE, such as closing schools except for the year 11 and year 13 cohorts taking GCSEs and A-levels or BTecs respectively and then closing in June, as well as how to provide childcare for parents working in frontline services such as the NHS, pharmacies, the police and firefighters.

Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster, who has attended the Cobra meetings at Downing Street, admitted over the weekend that UK schools could be closed for 16 weeks, effectively ending the school year.

If repeating the whole school year is not practical, Patel argues that the exams should still be cancelled, saying it would undermine the assessment system otherwise. Instead, for sixth formers, “colleges and universities could offer students places unconditionally based on their predicted grades from schools,” he said.

Full article: www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/cancel-this-years-gsce-and-a-levels


A level exams in Wales

Colleges across Wales will remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic, but concerns remain about the effect it could have on exams. Exams watchdog Qualifications Wales said those sitting GCSEs and A-levels should keep working towards them.The Welsh Government said the “clear advice” was schools should stay open at the moment, but that could change. Qualifications Wales said it was monitoring the situation along with authorities across the UK and discussing “whether any additional measures are needed this year”. Health Minister Vaughan Gething said one consideration in deciding not to close schools was the impact on parents, especially those working in key areas such as the NHS and the police.

Full article: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51857676


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