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Summer 2020 Results

 

 

Arrangements for results this summer - FAQ 

How will GCSE, A Level and other grades be awarded this summer?

Following national consultation, the examinations and assessments regulator, Ofqual, has set out how grades will be awarded to candidates this summer. The approach they have set out is the fairest way of making sure students have their grades in time to progress to further study or employment, in the unprecedented circumstances we face this summer. 

The centre assessment grades schools have submitted will be used by the exam boards to award the final grades. Ofqual has made a video explaining the process and it has also provided an infographic that describes the process:

View document 6614-4_infographic_-_process_for_awarding_gcses__as_and_a_levels_summer_2020.pdf

 

How were Centre Assessment Grades generated by schools?

Teaching teams, working with subject leads and senior leaders have considered all available evidence to create the centre assessment grades and every grade has been considered thoroughly through a careful process of checking and re-checking prior to submission.  The grades are truly centre assessment grades and as such have not been generated by individual teachers working in isolation.  The process has been collaborative, unbiased and fair at all stages, benefiting from the expertise and experience of our teachers and leaders.

We know that many students would prefer to have taken their exams, but that was just not possible in the current circumstances. Instead, everyone has worked together so that students don’t miss out because their exams have been cancelled.

Will grades awarded by the exam boards be the same as the centre assessment grades produced by the school?

We would like them all to be, as we feel the grades we have submitted accurately reflect the evidence we have for our students.  However, our expectations have been managed by Ofqual. To bring consistency to judgements, all grades will be standardised by exam boards, using a process developed by Ofqual.  It is highly likely that all schools could see some adjustment to their centre assessment grades.  Ofqual says that such adjustments are in the interests of fairness to students because they will ensure, as far as possible, that individual centres have not been too severe or too generous in comparison with others. 

We have submitted centre assessment grades that reflect the evidence we have for our students. 

When will results be available and how will they be published?

With social distancing measures still in place, we are planning alternative arrangements for providing students their results this year.  Students will be sent their results by email to their school email address from 8am, the earliest we are permitted to release them under the Joint Council for Qualifications’ revised national regulations this summer.  Students should receive their results email by 9.30am.

In summary, this is what students should expect to receive by email on their results day:

Year 13 on Thursday 13 August

  • Exam board awarded grades and support information, from 8am and by 9.30am
  • Centre Assessment Grades, from 10am and by midday

Year 11 on Thursday 20 August

  • Exam board awarded grades and support information, from 8am and by 9.30am
  • Howard Sixth Form admissions information, from 9.30am and by midday
  • Centre Assessment Grades, from 10am and by midday

What should students do to ensure they can receive their results?

We wrote to students and parents in July and advised that, by the end of term, students expecting results should ensure they can successfully log-in to their school email address and contact our ICT Helpdesk at ICTHelpDesk@thpt.org.uk if they require assistance.  The school site will be closed to students over the summer.  We will only be able to send email to students’ school email address so it is important that they can access the school’s Office 365 Outlook email service either on a laptop, PC, tablet or other mobile device.  A short guide is below.  If you know you will be away on results day then students might consider the Outlook mobile app, available for most mobile platforms.  Since results will be emailed to students, we expect that the alternative arrangements for receiving results that have operated in previous years, i.e. the postal results service, will not be necessary.  If access to email is impossible, please let us know as soon as possible and before the end of term.

How can we find out the Centre Assessment Grades that were submitted to the exam boards?

We understand that you might be very interested to know how the exam board awarded grades compare to the grades we have submitted based on the judgements we have made using all the available evidence.  We will therefore publish the centre assessment grades on the results days, by email to students, and hope to have accomplished this by midday.  It is possible that there will be differences between the centre assessment grades and the exam board awarded grades due to the national standardisation processes.

What support will be in place for Year 11 students on results day?

The Year 11 team will be contactable by email on Thursday 20 August and will be able to arrange to speak with you if necessary.

Mr Coppard, Year Leader                Stuart.Coppart@thehoward.thpt.org.uk

Mrs Collyer, Year Manager              Amanda.Collyer@thehoward.thpt.org.uk

The sixth form will be available to respond to enquiries too, details will be provided on the day.

Mr Taylor, Head of Sixth Form                    Simon.Taylor@thehoward.thpt.org.uk

        Mrs Jeffery, Assistant Headteacher          Jenny.Jeffery@thehoward.thpt.org.uk 

The national results helpline

The National Careers Service will be delivering the Exam Results Helpline during August 2020. Young people or their parents can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if they need advice on their next steps. The helpline will be open from 8 am to 10 pm from Thursday 13 August until Friday 28 August. After these dates, young people will be able to access ongoing support from the National Careers Service at any time by calling 0800 100 900, visiting nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.

The government has recently produced a student guide to results in summer 2020. 

How will students in Year 11 find out about their place in Howard Sixth Form?

Year 11 students who have applied to Howard Sixth Form will be sent email confirmation of their place in the morning, after the results have been issued on Thursday 20 August detailing the ‘next steps’.  We understand there may be anxiety for some but ask that you please wait for this correspondence before contacting the Sixth Form about admissions enquiries as the answers to many queries will be addressed in this correspondence.  As well as the exam board awarded grades, the Sixth Form also has access to the school’s Centre Assessment Grades and will take these into account when confirming places.  In the event that applicants have not met the entry requirements for one or more of their courses we will signpost the opportunities available.  In addition, every student who has applied to the sixth form is guaranteed an admissions interview on Thursday 3 September, even if your results in August do not meet course entry requirements – we will support you and discuss options with you. 

Howard Sixth Form enrolment will be on Thursday 3 September. 

 How will students know if they have secured their place at another provider?

Students who have applied to another educational institution, should check the provider’s website for details of arrangements and contact them if necessary.  If you find your grades are very different than you expected, do contact the college to see if there is any flexibility around their admissions criteria that you might benefit from. 

What support will be in place for Year 13 students on results day?

Those who have applied to university should check the UCAS Track service to see if they have secured their confirmed choice or insurance choice.  If not, details of the ‘Clearing’ process will be available there.  The Sixth Form team will be available to respond by email and will arrange a time to speak with students if required. 

          Mr Taylor, Head of Sixth Form                    Simon.Taylor@thehoward.thpt.org.uk

          Mrs Jeffery, Assistant Headteacher             Jenny.Jeffery@thehoward.thpt.org.uk 

The national results helpline

The National Careers Service will be delivering the Exam Results Helpline during August 2020. Young people or their parents can contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 to speak to a professionally qualified careers adviser if they need advice on their next steps. The helpline will be open from 8 am to 10 pm from Thursday 13 August until Friday 28 August. After these dates, young people will be able to access ongoing support from the National Careers Service at any time by calling 0800 100 900, visiting nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.

The government has recently produced a student guide to results in summer 2020. 

Is there an appeals process this year?

Ofqual has decided that this summer appeals are only available on the basis of administrative error.  If we believe that something has gone wrong with a student’s grade then we will be able to put in an appeal to the exam board on their behalf.  We expect that any mistakes will be quickly found and corrected.   

Please see our Arrangements for Appeals page for further information. 

The government has also recently produced a student guide to results in summer 2020 that you may find helpful.  

Appeals enquiries should be directed in the first instance to our Examinations Administrator, Mrs Wright at  Meriel.Wright@thehoward.thpt.org.uk.  Requests must be made by 9am on Monday 14 September. 

What happens if I think my grades should be higher?  Can I take an exam?

It may be that the statistical adjustment process operated by awarding organisations and Ofqual acts to lower some centre assessment grades, in a way that does not reflect our views of students’ capabilities. The autumn series of exams could then be used to address this.  Ofqual has announced that examinations are to be available in all GCSE and A Level subjects.  However, if there are insufficient entries nationally exam boards are permitted to withdraw an examination.  Examinations in all subjects are expected in Summer 2021 so this provides another opportunity, if required. 

Entries will be possible from 26 August. Please contact Mrs Wright by email to make arrangements from this date and not before.  The AS and A Level entry deadline is the end of the first week in September and for all GCSEs (except English and maths) it is 16 September.  The GCSE English and maths entry deadline is 4 October.  It is likely though not yet confirmed that schools will pay entry fees in the majority of cases.  The higher grade will stand as the final result. 

What if the email doesn’t arrive on results day?

These arrangements are all new, as are the processes by which we will be sharing the students’ results with them.  We are, as you might imagine, carefully planning our processes and procedures for successfully achieving our part in what we set have set out here.   If, on results day, email has not been received when you might expect, please check our website for announcements before contacting the school as our priority will be to address any issues so we can resolve them as quickly as possible.

How will Year 10 students receive their GCSE Latin results?

These will be emailed to students on results day. 

Year 10 students may be interested in answers to other questions on this page, including how centre assessment grades were generated, appeals and taking exams in the Autumn.   

How do students access their school email account?

Sign-in to the school’s Office 365 service

1. Visit https://portal.office.com or download the Outlook mobile app from your mobile device’s app store and sign-in.

2. Enter your school email address and school password (the password you use to log-in to the school computers). Email address example: HOE15StarkT@thehoward.thpt.org.uk

3. Go to your Outlook Inbox.

Having difficulty?  Email ICTHelpDesk@thpt.org.uk from another email address.

Will results certificates be issued by exam boards this year?

Certificates of final results, when received from the awarding body, will be issued to candidates. Further information will be confirmed in the autumn.  

Where can I find out more about the 2020 results?

At the end of July the government produced a student guide to results in summer 2020 that might be helpful.