Awarding of AS, A2 & GCSE exams grades
Posted on: Tuesday 18th August 2020
Dear student, parents and carers,
Please find below the latest announcement from Welsh Government regarding the awarding of AS, A2 and GCSE exams grades (summer 2020).
‘Given decisions elsewhere, the balance of fairness now lies with awarding centre assessment grades to students, despite the strengths of the system in Wales” (Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education)
The Minister has stated that Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs), or teacher predictions, will now replace all AS and A2 grades awarded last Thursday, with the exception of those grades which were an improvement on the CAGs, and will be awarded to GCSE students on Thursday 20th August 2020. This has been confirmed by the Examinations Regulator (JCQ) in Wales who have announced:
“We can confirm that any learner who has been issued with an AS, A level or Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade that is higher than their centre assessment grade will receive the higher grade.
For those Years 12 and 13 students who have requested appeals based on the awarded grades last Thursday this announcement will come as a great relief and in nearly all cases address the initial concerns that were raised. As soon as the WJEC and other awarding bodies reissue the Grades we will forward them to you.
Please note, we are still awaiting confirmation of the BTEC awards and will forward this as soon as we receive it.
If you require further information or wish to discuss this issue please contact the relevant Year Tutors. We will endeavour to keep you informed of any further developments as and when they arise. The full JCQ statement can be read here:
For Years 10 and 11 pupils, please note that CAGs cannot be requested or given prior to the GCSE results being published on Thursday 20th August 2020.
Mr T Brown.
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