GCSE Examinations UpdatePosted on: March 20th 2020
Dear Parent/ Carers,
You will already be aware of the decision not to proceed with the summer examinations in Wales this summer, following the announcement made by Welsh Government and the regulator Qualifications Wales on Wednesday March 18.
Welsh Government is committed to ensuring that learners in Wales receive a fair grade for their GCSE qualifications this summer, and are working with Qualification Wales to agree the process to meet this key objective. Today, Qualifications Wales has provided advice to schools regarding the key aspects of the process, which will draw on a wide variety of different sources of evidence such as marks achieved by learners in previous internal and external assessments as well as standardised teacher assessed qualification grades. Qualifications Wales has clearly outlined that teacher assessed grades must be based on the overall qualification grade each learner is likely to achieve at the end of their course of study, based on their performance on a range of formative and summative assessments and on their overall commitment to their studies and ability in the subject. Teacher assessed grades, for this purpose, are not target grades or ambitious grades that learners might aspire to achieve. Having considered the full range of evidence, including teacher assessed grades, a standardisation process will be completed across the full cohort, thus leading to a final grade to award to each learner.
Qualifications Wales are still considering the fairest way to issue grades for learners who are studying qualifications other than GCSEs. They are working with fellow regulators, exam boards and governments across the UK to ensure consistency. More detail on such plans will be released soon.
The dates for the release of GCSE grades has not yet been decided as has the plan to offset the effect of the disruption caused to Year 10 GCSE learning.
I hope this provides some valuable information to you and your child regarding their GCSEs and other qualifications. Any additional information regarding this matter will be updated on the school’s website when it becomes available.