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Teacher Assessed Grades

Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) have replaced examinations this summer for students in Years 11 and 13. There are also some students in other year groups affected where they are taking qualifications this year which would have meant taking exams. Details posted here also apply to these students. This is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption to learning that students have experienced over the last 12 months. Please note that the information on this webpage is updated regularly during term time to provide the most up to date information for parents, carers and students. We are receiving and responding to information as soon as we can. If you have any specific queries, please contact Mr Stone (stoneka@heles.plymouth.sch.uk) for Year 12 and 13 or Ms Clapham (clapham@heles.plymouth.sch.uk) for any other year groups.
 

Principles
 

The following are the set of principles we will follow with regard to TAGs. They guide our strategic response to this.

• We will follow all guidance from the DFE, JCQ, Ofqual and exam boards;

• Students will be awarded grades using a fair and rigorous process;

• We will award grades transparently, sharing our evidence base with students and parents/carers, communicating when we can;

• Students’ grades will reflect the quality and standard of their work over the taught course. We will not share final Teacher Assessed Grades with parents and students — these will be released by Exam Boards on Results Day (10th August for A Level and 12th August for GCSE);

• Staff will be trained to award grades based on the available evidence using our internal Quality Assurance (QA) process, as well as external QA processes from JCQ and exam boards.

Evidence for Key Stage 4
 

As you know, following the Government’s decision to cancel exams this year, schools will allocate grades to students based on evidence that students have produced throughout the taught course. Students will not be graded on course content they have not been taught, due to the impact of school closure.

Schools have been asked to use a range of evidence for this process and the final deadline for us to submit grades to the exam boards is Friday 18 June. Prior to this, the evidence needs to be collated and checked against exam board guidelines. The evidence base we will use at Hele’s School for this process is as follows:

  • Internal summer assessments (not exams) in May 2021.
  • Mock (internal) exams taken in November 2020
  • Fortnightly assessments completed in Terms 3 and 4 of Year 11
  • Assessments completed in class throughout the course
  • Non-examined assessments / portfolios
  • Subject-specific evidence such as substantial classwork/homework/independent learning marked in line with the specification

Please note that the evidence used will be marked and assessed in accordance with exam board mark schemes, where applicable, and be in line with the specification. We will also use the resources from JCQ and the exam boards to help with grade allocation.

Evidence by subject:


The table overleaf indicates the evidence we will use when awarding grades for each subject. The following key should be used when interpreting this table:

Y  (green cell): This will be included as part of the evidence to support awarding grades in that subject
N (orange cell): This will not be used as part of our evidence to support awarding a grade

If the cell is grey, this means that that type of evidence does not apply for this subject.

For more detail on the assessments under each heading, a further table is available on our website detailing the level of control for each piece of evidence, as well as specifics around the assessments used, where applicable.

On the website, you will also find further information around the Teacher Assessed Grading process as a whole which is regularly updated to provide the most up-to-date information. Please take time to familiarise yourself with documentation such as our school policy, the ‘information for candidates’, sent to students in advance of their summer assessments this week, the guidance around applications for ‘Special Consideration’ and the appeals process.

We are very confident that the system we have in place to award Teacher Assessed Grades is robust and that students will be awarded grades using a fair and rigorous process. Students’ grades will reflect the quality and standard of their work over the taught course but please remember, we will not share grades with parents and students in advance of Results Day on 12th August 2021.

If you have any questions or queries about the Teacher Assessed Grading process, please contact School directly and your query will be directed to the correct member of staff.

We wish all students the best of luck as they embark on their summer assessments this week.

Justine Mason

 Year 11 Basket of Evidence – overview by subject

 

Y (green cell): This will be included as part of the evidence to support awarding grades in that subject
N (orange cell): This will not be used as part of our evidence to support awarding a grade

If the cell is grey, this means that that type of evidence does not apply for this subject.

 

KS4 Basket of Evidence

Evidence for Key Stage 5
 

As you know, following the Government’s decision to cancel exams this year, schools will allocate grades to students based on evidence that students have produced throughout the taught course. Students will not be graded on course content they have not been taught, due to the impact of school closure.

Schools have been asked to use a range of evidence for this process and the final deadline for us to submit grades to the exam boards is Friday 18 June. Prior to this, the evidence needs to be collated and checked against exam board guidelines. The evidence base we will use at Hele’s School for this process is as follows:

  • Internal summer assessments (not exams) in May 2021.
  • Internal assessments: Year 12 Term 6 2020 and Year 13 Terms 1-5 2020-21
  • Fortnightly assessments completed in Terms 3 and 4 of Year 13
  • Assessments completed in class throughout the course
  • Non-examined assessments / portfolios
  • Subject-specific evidence such as substantial classwork / homework / independent learning marked in line with the specification

Please note that the evidence used will be marked and assessed in accordance with exam board mark schemes, where applicable, and be in line with the specification. We will also use the resources from JCQ and the exam boards to help with grade allocation.

 

Evidence by subject:


The table overleaf indicates the evidence we will use when awarding grades for each subject. The following key should be used when interpreting this table:

Y  (green cell): This will be included as part of the evidence to support awarding grades in that subject
N (orange cell): This will not be used as part of our evidence to support awarding a grade

If the cell is grey, this means that that type of evidence does not apply for this subject.

For more detail on the assessments under each heading, a further table is available on our website detailing the level of control for each piece of evidence, as well as specifics around the assessments used, where applicable.

On the website, you will also find further information around the Teacher Assessed Grading process as a whole which is regularly updated to provide the most up-to-date information. Please take time to familiarise yourself with documentation such as our school policy, the ‘information for candidates’, sent to students in advance of their summer assessments this week, the guidance around applications for ‘Special Consideration’ and the appeals process.

We are very confident that the system we have in place to award Teacher Assessed Grades is robust and that students will be awarded grades using a fair and rigorous process. Students’ grades will reflect the quality and standard of their work over the taught course but please remember, we will not share grades with parents and students in advance of Results Day on 10th August 2021.

If you have any questions or queries about the Teacher Assessed Grading process, please contact School directly and your query will be directed to the correct member of staff.

We wish all students the best of luck as they embark on their summer assessments this week.

Justine Mason

 Year 13 Basket of Evidence – overview by subject

 

 

Evidence

Subject

Summer Assessments (May 2021)

Fortnightly Assessments (Jan-Feb 2021)

Fortnightly Assessments (March 2021)

Non-examined assessments / portfolios

Internal assessments taken throughout the course

Other  (subject-specific evidence)

Applied Science

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Art

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Biology

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Business Studies

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Business Studies AS

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Chemistry

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Criminology

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Digital iMedia

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Drama

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

English Literature

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

French

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Geography

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

History

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Maths

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Maths AS

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Media

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

PE

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Philosophy & Ethics

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Physics

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Product Design

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Sociology

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Psychology

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Spanish

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Travel & Tourism

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Y  (green cell): This will be included as part of the evidence to support awarding grades in that subject
N (orange cell): This will not be used as part of our evidence to support awarding a grade

If the cell is grey, this means that that type of evidence does not apply for this subject.

 

KS5 Basket of Evidence

Key Documents
 

Communication
 

Frequently Asked Questions
 

How will the students be graded this summer?

  • Teachers will decide on a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) that will assess the standard at which a student is performing in the absence of the usual exams sat by students.
  • TAGs will apply to all GCSEs, A Levels and Vocational courses.
  • The school will need to submit final grades to exam boards by 18th June.

 

What evidence will be used to come up with their TAG?

  • Teachers will draw on a broad range of evidence to make their final assessment.  Decisions about the final TAG will be evidence-based and might include tests, class work, mock examinations etc.
  • Evidence should cover a range of topics to demonstrate a student’s breadth of knowledge.
  • Further details on the evidence being used for each subject is available in the section ‘Evidence for Key Stage 4’ or ‘Evidence for Key Stage 5’.

 

When will assessments take place?

  • Where departments have opted to hold summer assessments to bolster the basket of evidence available on which to determine the final grades, these will be held between 4th May and 21st May 2021. All students have a personalised timetable of assessments which will take place within their normal timetabled lessons.
  • Many subjects also completed some assessment work before Easter to maximise the number of opportunities students had to demonstrate their performance.

 

What if my son/daughter does not do well in an assessment?  Can they re-sit?

  • Students can only try their best!  Teachers will be preparing all of the students for the summer assessments in the same way as they have been prepared for other assessments throughout the course. Students have had plenty of opportunities to complete a range of assessments in subjects and the summer assessments are only one part of the evidence base. 
  • We cannot run re-sits of assessments in the cases of students not performing well – the students will have a range of evidence we will use when coming up with their final grades.

 

What if my son/daughter is absent from school and misses an assessment?

  • There will be allocated sessions at the end of the assessment series where students who have missed assessments will be allocated a slot to take any outstanding assessments.

 

Are these assessments in class actually “exams”?

  • No.  Assessments will generally be 30-50 minutes in length (much shorter than normal exams) and take place in in lesson time and in classrooms (unless a student has a specific access arrangement).
  • This will enable the teachers to “chunk” up the assessments and spread them across a number of weeks to help the students in preparing for and doing their best.

 

Can my son/daughter complete “extra” essays at home, bring them in for teachers to mark and include them in their evidence folders?

  • This is not possible as we need to assure exam boards that evidence that will be included is part of our agreed assessment processes.

 

My son/daughter is worried that their mock exams are not as strong as they wished.  Will they be included in the evidence?

  • Mock exams are a useful evidence source, especially if students performed well, but there will be plenty of opportunities for students to complete a range of assessments that will show them at their best and that we can include in their folder of evidence. Where performance may have been weaker in the mocks, subsequent assessments enable the student to show their progress and improvement.

 

My son/daughter has access arrangements e.g. extra time in exams – will this still apply?

  • Yes.  Students will have available access arrangements for their in-class assessments.  This may mean that students complete their assessments in a different room to their usual classroom. 

 

Will the student know their TAG before Results Day?

  • No.  Teachers cannot discuss the final TAG grades with parents/carers or students.  This is because the grades we submit are provisional and need to be quality assured by the exam boards.  Students will be told which work will count towards their final TAG and we will ensure that it is a broad range of their work across a number of assessments that will go in their evidence folder.

 

When are results days?

  • Results will be issued to students in August after internal quality assurance by schools and external quality assurance by exam boards.
    • A Level Results Day will be n Tuesday 10th August
    • GCSE Results Day will be n Thursday 12th August

 

Can students appeal their grade if they are unhappy with it?

  • Yes.  There will be an appeals process and we will publish more information about this in the summer term. Current available information is available in the ‘Key Documents’ section in the JCQ Guide for Parents and Students.

 

Will there be an opportunity for my child to take exams to try and improve their Teacher Assessed Grade?

  • Yes. We know that there will be opportunity to sit exams in all GCSE and A Level subjects in the Autumn of 2021. We await further details around this.