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How Surrey and Hampshire students will be graded for A-Levels and GCSEs

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How Surrey and Hampshire students will be graded for A-Levels and GCSEs

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 3:44pm 20th March 2020.

More information has been released about A-Level and GCSE exams as schools across Surrey and Hampshire close, potentially for several months because of coronavirus.

The Department of Education announced today (20 March) that teachers will be asked to submit judgements about grades they think their students would have received if exams had gone ahead. 

They will take into account mock exams as well as schoolwork. 

This year's summer exams for A-Levels, GCSEs and other qualifications have been cancelled in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The Department of Education said in a statement on its website: 

"The Government’s priority is now to ensure affected students can move on as planned to the next stage of their lives, including going into employment, starting university, college or sixth form courses, or an apprenticeship in the autumn.

"This means ensuring GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in."

There will also be an option for students to sit an exam early in the next academic year for those who want to. 

The exam regulator, Ofqual will develop a process that will calculate a grade for each student 'which reflects their performance as fairly as possible' 

Schools will be given guidance on how to predict their student's grades fairly by looking at teacher assessments, coursework and mock results.

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The statement continued:

"Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.

"More information will be provided as soon as possible.

"The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.

"In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.

"We will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students do not face a systematic disadvantage as a consequence of these extraordinary circumstances.

The Government will not publish any data based on tests, assessments or exams for 2020.