We have now been given the first indication as to how grades will be awarded this summer. The process is a similar one to last year with teachers giving a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) for each candidate. This will be based on a collection of evidence.
To assist with this evidence gathering, students will be assessed in lessons rather than through formal examinations. It is vital students are revising hard for these assessments.
We will also be requiring students to complete work towards internally assessed units in Criminology. These have been indicated to be major pieces of evidence to be used by teaching staff in determining a final grade.
We will receive further information about the grading process from the examination boards at Easter. Once we have finalised this, I will write again to confirm the final process.
Can I draw your attention to the fact that the results will be released earlier than normal this year, on Tuesday 10th August for A Level and Thursday 12th August for GCSE.
Finally, please do not ask staff about what grades they will be awarding. They are not permitted to discuss this with you in order to protect the integrity of the process and avoid any bias. To that end grade sheets for the remainder of this year will not include Criminology, Financial Studies and GCSE retakes.
Head of Matisse College