Examinations

Summer 2020 AS, A-Level, BTEC and GCSE Qualifications as of 28th September 2020

The information below is for students, parents and carers and relates to the summer 2020 qualifications at AS, A-Level, Level 3 BTEC and GCSE qualifications.

Statement for Year 11 BTEC Students - 19th August 2020 (19.40)

Please Click Here to view a letter from our Exams Office regarding BTEC Qualifications following an announcement from the BTEC exam board for Edexcel qualifications, Pearson.

Letter from the Headteacher Re GCSE Qualification Results - 19th August 2020

Please Click Here to view a letter from the Headteacher regarding GCSE Qualification Results.

Letter from the Headteacher Re Qualifications - 17th August 2020 (Sent to Parents/Carers at 19.15)

Please Click Here to view a letter from the Headteacher regarding qualifications.

Exam Results Helpline Now Available Until 18th September

The Exam Results Helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service, has been extended and will now be available until 18 September to provide additional support to students and their parents as they consider their next steps. Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on the different options available to them including T levels, A levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational options. Support will also be available on topics such as clearing, university, gap years and the autumn exam series.

Phone: 0800 100 900

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm

Centre Assessment Grades

Following the Government’s decision to cancel the summer 2020 GCSE, AS and A Level examinations, the Department for Education and the statutory qualification body, Ofqual, provided a framework for students to achieve GCSE, BTEC and A Level qualifications.

We reviewed student performance in each subject over time, taking into account: any non-exam assessment work, classwork, homework, mock exams and teachers’ professional judgement.

Following this process, for each student a ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ was generated, representing the most likely outcome that a student would have achieved if they sat the summer exam.

Schools were then required to rank order each student, in each grade, in each subject. This information was required by the exam boards as part of their standardisation process.

At Ravens Wood, we implemented a rigorous internal review, ensuring that our process was both fair and accurate. For more information regarding Ravens Wood’s approach to this process, please Click Here to read the document.

BTEC Qualifications

In line with Ofqual guidance, for BTEC qualifications no overall Centre Assessment Grade was submitted by the School and therefore these did not appear on the Centre Assessment Grades document. Any Centre Assessment Grades for BTEC were issued at unit level as the BTEC qualifications offered at RWS are modular in nature and so students will have “banked” results from units they had already taken.

Pearson, the Examination Board for Edexcel BTECs, announced on the evening of Wednesday 19th August 2020 that they are going to review and reissue BTEC qualifications. Pearson have apologised for this delay, and we have been reassured that no grades will go down as a result of their review. We have been informed that BTEC results will be released to schools between Wednesday 25th August and Friday 27th August 2020. The RWS Examinations office will email and post a new Statement of Results to each BTEC student.

For more information with regards to how BTEC Qualifications have been awarded please read the information published by Pearson below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/campaigns/pearson-covid-19/student-support-summer-2020/update-btecs-to-be-regraded.html?

https://www.pearson.com/uk/educators/fe-college-educators/supporting-the-fe-sector-during-coronavirus-covid-19/btec-learner-faqs.html?

Calculated Grades

The following statement was released by Ofqual on the 17th August 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqual

In this statement Ofqual have informed schools that they 'have decided that students be awarded their centre assessment for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the grade they would most likely have achieved in their exam - or the moderated grade, whichever is higher’. (details on these grades can be seen above under ‘Centre Assessment Grades’).

As a school we await further guidance and information from the DfE and Ofqual. In the statement above Ofqual state that they ‘are already working with the Department for Education, universities and everyone else affected by this issue’.

Appeals

Ofqual have updated two important student guides to this summer’s results. They provide further key guidance and information including: how this year’s results were awarded, appeals, resits and where to go for further support.

Student guide to post-16 qualifications results summer 2020:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/910623/6671_Student_guide_to_post-16_qualifications_results_-_summer_2020.pdf

Student guide to appeals, malpractice and maladministration complaints summer 2020:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/910603/6672_-_What_to_do_if_you_have_concerns_or_questions_about_your_grades.pdf

It is important that parents, carers and students read these document carefully and take particular note of the following:

‘You cannot challenge your school or college under the appeals process on the centre assessment grades it submitted or your rank order positions. Any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than your teachers to judge your likely grade if exams had taken place. In the unique circumstances of this summer, we do not believe there is such a person.’

Please Click Here for a copy of the 'Qualifications Complaint and Appeals Form 2020'

Autumn Exam Series

Dates for the autumn exam series have been confirmed by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Entry forms are available using the links below:

GCSE Resit Pro Forma

A Level Resit Pro Forma

The school's deadlines for entry are noon on the 2nd September for AS and A-levels and noon on the 16th September for all GCSEs (Deadlines have now passed).

For general queries please contact:

Examinations Officer: Mrs M Mitchell - mmi@rws.uk.net
Examinations Assistant: Mrs L Say - lsa@rws.uk.net

DFE, Ofqual and School Updates

Please click here to view our page on DFE, Ofqual and School Correspondence and Guidance

Examinations

It is the aim of Ravens Wood School to make the examination experience as stress-free and successful as possible for all candidates.

Hopefully, this section of the website will prove informative and helpful. Information on this page will relate to examination regulations and the procedures to follow as students prepare for examinations at Ravens Wood. A detailed information booklet is available here to explain the process in more detail. Please also refer to our Examinations Policies which can be found on our School Policies Page.

The Awarding Bodies (Examination Boards) set strict criteria which must be followed for the conduct of examinations and Ravens Wood School is required to follow these precisely. You should therefore, pay particular attention to the JCQ Information to Candidates, Controlled Assessments, Non-Examination Assessments and Coursework documents which can be found on the JCQ website.

If there are any queries at any time before, during or after the examinations please contact:

Examinations Officer: Mrs M Mitchell - mmi@rws.uk.net
Examinations Assistant: Mrs L Say - lsa@rws.uk.net

Examinations Office Telephone Number: 01689 869934

Examination Information for Students and Guardians

Please find below documents containing essential information for students & guardians. These documents must be read and adhered to for all public exams. Please ensure you read and understand them prior to all exams.

Guidance & Information for Students & Guardians
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Information for Candidates - Coursework
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Information for Candidates - NEA
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Information for Candidates - Onscreen Tests
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Information for Candidates - Written Exams
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Information for Candidates - Social Media
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Exam Room Poster - Unauthorised Items
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Exam Room Poster - Warning to Candidates
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