Year 11 Grades Update from the DFE and Ofqual

Dear Year 11 students,

The DfE and Ofqual have today released new information about how your GCSE grades will be awarded.

Please see attached a letter to all GCSE and A level students from the Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Sally Collier:

More detailed information for students and parents can be found in this document:

However, to summarise, this information confirms that your qualifications will be processed and viewed in the same light as all previous year groups and you will not be disadvantaged by being part of the ‘Class of 2020’.

The grades that will be submitted to the exam boards by your teachers at Redmoor will then be checked, moderated and standardised to make sure that the system is fair for all students across all schools.

Teachers will be able to take into account a whole range of evidence from the last two years of study:

  • Classwork
  • Work in exercise books
  • Any performances you have taken part in (Drama, music, PE)
  • Any coursework - whether or not it is complete (please keep any you have at home safe)
  • Any assignments or in-class assessments you have completed
  • Mock exams
  • Any other records we have

No one of these is more important than the others but the whole range of evidence will be taken into consideration. Your teachers know you really well and we will be very professional and scrupulous in making sure we submit grades that reflect your capability in each subject. We have all this evidence already so there is no need for extra tests or mock exams to provide evidence for grades.

The teacher-assessed grades are just the first step in the process and therefore may be adjusted by the exam boards, just as coursework marks are sometimes adjusted after schools submit them. All teachers have been informed that they must NOT inform you of the grades that have been submitted. Therefore, please do not ask your teachers, or anyone else in school, about your teacher-assessed grades.

However, there will be a ‘results day’ for you, just as for all previous years - though the date of this is yet to be released. We look forward to celebrating with you at some point in the summer.

Although you no longer need to provide work as evidence for your grades, it is very important that you continue to learn and keep up your study habits. Many of you will be starting A Levels, BTEC courses and apprenticeships in the autumn and we will shortly be sending you more information on ways you can prepare for these and get a head start! Please keep checking your emails, the school website and social media for important information we will be sending through to you.

For now, take care,

Redmoor Leadership Team.