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Summer 2021 Grading Process

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Dear Year 2 and Level 2 Students

You will have seen today that the Government has announced how grades will be awarded in place of exams this summer. It is important to remember why exams were cancelled this year – because each school or college has had a different experience during the pandemic and it wouldn’t be fair to test everyone with the same measure when learning has been lost in different ways in different places.

The new process will be that your teachers will award grades based on their judgement of what you know, understand and can do. They will be able to use a range of evidence from the whole time you have been studying here, and the judgement will be based on standards required by the awarding bodies. They will only assess you on what has been taught here at Long Road.

We are confident that this approach will give you the fairest way of demonstrating your ability in a variety of ways, rather than in a set of external exams. However, it does have to be evidence-based, and your teachers can not simply award grades without that evidence.

You can read the full details in this letter from OfQual to students https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/how-qualifications-will-be-awarded-in-2021 and see the summary infographic at the bottom of this page.

We are working out exactly how this will all look for the remaining weeks at college and will be holding an information event online in the week beginning 8th March. In the following week (week beginning 15th March) we will hold the postponed Learning Conversations so you can talk with your teachers about your progress so far. Your parents will be able to join you for these online meetings.

We will send more detail as we get it, and we look forward to seeing you back onsite soon.

Yours

Steve Dann

Vice Principal
Long Road Sixth Form College

Click here to download the Summer 2021 Grading Info-graphic