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Summer 2021 Appeals Information

Summer 2021 – Information for students and families on the appeals process

The appeals process for summer 2021 allows students to appeal their grade where they believe there has been an error. They must first ask their centre to review whether an administrative or procedural error has been made. The JCQ student guidance for appeals can be found at:

https://www.jcq.org.uk/summer-2021-arrangements/ ahead of results day.

At The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, we have undertaken robust internal checks and several quality assurance exercises to ensure the grades we have submitted to awarding organisations are correct. Assessed materials were marked anonymously wherever possible and we also worked closely with our four other secondary school partners in our Trust.  We have worked tirelessly to make sure that the grades awarded are fair, accurate and based on the best information possible. We have also taken into account, as best we can,  the personal journey and circumstances of each young person in our care.

Students and parents who want to appeal must go through Stage 1 of the process with us first. Parents / students cannot directly appeal to awarding organisations. Students / Parents must also be aware that as well as grades going up or staying the same, they can also go down. The JCQ guidance is 55 pages long, so we have tried to summarise the key bits and time scale for you.

It is recommended that requests for centre reviews are made by the candidate to the centre by:

  • 16 August 2021 (priority appeals – for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice, i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice, and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result). Please include your UCAS personal ID with this request.
  • 3 September 2021 (non-priority appeals). This will enable centres to meet the deadlines to submit appeals to awarding organisations

How to appeal – A centre must submit an appeal to the awarding organisation if the student considers that:

  1. the centre did not follow its procedure properly or consistently in arriving at the result, or during the centre review
  2. the awarding organisation made an administrative error in relation to the result.
  3. the centre made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence. If the centre identifies an error with the grade it submitted to the awarding organisation, it must submit a revised grade with rationale for the grade change to the awarding organisation. If the awarding organisation is satisfied with the rationale presented by the centre and it considers it is appropriate to correct the result, it will issue a revised grade.

Depending on the grounds of the appeal, the awarding organisation will consider:

  • whether the grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement
  • whether the centre followed its procedures properly and consistently in arriving at the student’s result or in conducting its review
  • whether the awarding organisation made an administrative error

Stage 1          Students contact the centre (school) with regards to an appeal

                        Application form for Stage 1 must be completed by the student

                        Application will be processed by the centre (school)

                        Head of Centre will inform the student of the outcome of the appeal

Stage 2          Stage 1 must have been completed first

                        Application form for Stage 2 must be completed by the student

                        Application will be processed by the examination awarding body

Examination awarding body will inform the Head of Centre of the outcome of the appeal

Head of Centre will inform the student of the outcome of the review

There are forms to complete if you want to appeal and, depending on the reason, you may need to submit evidence / a rationale for the appeal.

As the Teacher Assessed Grade is holistic in nature, the awarding organisation’s independent reviewer will take a similarly holistic approach to their decision-making. The purpose of the independent review is not to review the marking of individual assessments.

Page 28 of the guidance provides a simple overview of key dates.

  • Publication of GCE AS and A-level results – 10 August 2021
  • Publication of GCSE results – 12 August 2021

If you have your results and want to discuss this with us, then please do not hesitate to contact us. In the first instance contact Ms M Harris (Examinations Officer) at the school (email: appeals2021@ems.bhcet.org.uk)

Can we also take this opportunity to thank you for the way you have handled and responded to the ever-changing landscape in UK schools. It has been challenging for all concerned.