Examinations

Summer 2020 AS, A-Level and Level 3 BTEC Qualifications as of 12th August 2020

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

Centre Assessed 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, previously predicted grades and teachers’ professional judgement.

Following this process, for each student a ‘Centre Assessed 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.

Calculated Grades (Examination Results)

Once the ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ were submitted, they were reviewed by the exam boards and Ofqual. Exam boards standardised results using a model developed with Ofqual. This model used previous national results in the subject, the prior attainment of students this year when compared to previous years and the school or college results in recent years.

Ofqual have produced student guides to this summer’s qualifications results:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904344/Student_Guide_Summer_2020_20200728_1233_-_access.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/907925/Information_for_students_about_malpractice-7-8-2020.pdf

You may also find this infographic and the videos below, also released by Ofqual useful.

Awarding Infographic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX5STb0qbGI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npM16I5nogg

Centre Assessed Grades for AS and A level will be released to Ravens Wood students, alongside grades issued by the examination boards, on results day.

In line with Ofqual guidance, for BTEC qualifications no overall Centre Assessed Grade was submitted by the School and therefore these will not appear on the Centre Assessed Grades document.

Appeals

The government announced on 12th August that Students could accept their calculated grade (result from the examination board), appeal to receive a valid mock result, or sit autumn exams. Ofqual has been asked to determine how and when valid mock results can be used to calculate grades, and we await further guidance on this.

Year 13 mock results (Year 13 PPE1 results) were issued by email on 7th January 2020.

Autumn Exam Series

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

We will provide more information in the very near future, via parent/carer email addresses.

If there are any queries please contact:

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

Results Days - 2020

The 2020 Results Days are as follows:

A Level: Thursday 13th August 2020, 9-10am.

Please click here to view a letter regarding the A Level Results Day

GCSE: Thursday 20th August 2020, 9-10am.

Please click here to view a letter regarding the GCSE Results Day

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 2019-20
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Information for Candidates - NEA 2019-20
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Information for Candidates - Onscreen Tests
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Information for Candidates - Written Exams
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