Teacher Assessed Grades – Frequently Asked Questions
How will I be graded this summer?
Teachers will decide on a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) that will assess the standard at which a student is performing in the absence of the usual exams sat by students.
TAGs will apply to all GCSEs, A-Levels and Vocational courses.
What evidence will be used to determine a TAG?
Teachers will draw on a broad range of evidence to make their final assessment. Decisions about the final TAG will be evidence-based and might include:
- Student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the exam board, including groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers.
- Non-exam assessment (NEA) work (often referred to as coursework), even if this has not been fully completed.
- Student work produced in centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as exam board materials and have been marked in a way that reflects exam board mark schemes. This can include substantial class or homework (including those that took place during remote learning), internal tests taken by pupils and mock exams taken over the course of study.
- Records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music, drama and PE.
- Records of each student’s progress and performance over the course of study.
- Individual Exam boards and Awarding organisations have specified subject specific requirements.
When will any additional assessments take place?
Academic students will have 2 opportunities to complete additional assessments:
- Opportunity to Improve 1 – week beginning 12 April
- Opportunity to Improve 2 – week beginning 4 May
Vocational students will continue to complete and submit assignments as set by their teacher.
Can I complete “extra” essays at home, bring them in for teachers to mark and include them in their evidence folders?
This is not possible as we need to assure exam boards that evidence that will be included is part of our agreed assessment processes.
I am worried that my mock exams are not as strong as I wished. Will they be included in the evidence?
Mock exams are a useful evidence source, especially if students performed well, but these are not the only sources of evidence on which a TAG will be decided.
I have access arrangements, e.g. extra time in exams – will this still apply?
Yes. Students will have available access arrangements for their in-class assessments. This may mean that students complete their assessments in a different room to their usual classroom.
Will I know my TAG before Results Day?
No. Teachers cannot discuss the final TAG grades with parents/carers or students. This is because the grades we submit are provisional and need to be quality assured by the exam boards. Students will be told which work will count towards their final TAG.
When are Results Days?
Results will be issued to students in August after internal quality assurance by the College and external quality assurance by exam boards via sampling of student work.
- A-Level Results Day will be on Tuesday 10 August
- Vocational Level 3 on or before 10 August
- GCSE Results Day will be on Thursday 12 August
- Vocational Level 2 on or before 12 August
Those students with additional needs will be catered for as part of the national guidelines and students with special considerations (for example, illness or family tragedy) during this period will simply need to inform their teacher of the problem they are facing nearer the time.
Can students appeal their grade if they are unhappy with it?
Yes. There will be an appeals process and details of this within the appropriate policies on the College website https://uspcollege.ac.uk/about-us/policies/
These documents, based closely to OFQUAL and JCQ exemplars, outline and clarify our approach to the TAGs process this summer. Whilst students do not get to choose which pieces of work can be submitted, we aim to ensure all or students have a clear idea of the evidence we are using this term.