Examinations are an important part of school life throughout a student’s time at the Maynard. This may take the form of external A-level or GCSE examinations or internal end of year assessments.
It is important that the strict rules for the conduct of all external examinations are followed by each student and that both parents and students have information about the policies and procedures that are in place surrounding these examinations. JCQ, the Body that governs exam policy and procedure, issues information and guidance each year for students, which should be read carefully. The Examinations Officer will discuss the rules and what happens if they are broken in a dedicated assembly, but all relevant information is contained here for your information. Students will also receive a booklet outlining key exam information.
Exams Update: 24 March 2020
The coronavirus is having an impact on all sectors of society- including sadly students taking GCSE and A-Level exams this year. The Government has made the unprecedented decision that this year’s exams will not take place in May and June as originally scheduled.
The Awarding bodies instead will issue grades, with schools being directly involved in the process of allocating them. The exact nature of this process is not yet known but we are aware that:
- The process will be set in place by OFQUAL
- Teachers will submit a judgement based on the grade that they believe students would have achieved if exams had gone ahead
- Teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence; this is likely to include a variety of data including coursework, performance on mock exams and non-exam assessments
- Teachers’ submitted grades will be combined with other data to produce a calculated grade (this is effectively a moderation process)
We have been told the awarding of grades will be completed by the end of July. The intention of exam boards is that once the students have received their grades if necessary they can appeal them and request to sit the exam in September. In other words there is a back-up plan but hopefully only a small number of students will consider this.
We are awaiting the detailed guidance which is due to be sent to schools and as soon as we have further clarity we will of course share this with you.
The Department of Education’s website has the latest information on the exams 2020 and information can also be found on the Awarding Bodies’ websites below:
Dates of A-Level & GCSE grades release tbc
Dates of the exam session when schools resume (Possibly September) tbc