GCSE exams have been cancelled for 2021, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But how will grades be awarded instead and when is results day? Here’s all you need to know…
When is GCSE results day?
Normally students receive their results in mid to late August, but GCSE pupils will receive theirs two days later on August 12.
Grades are usually available from 8am.
Bringing results day forward will ensure pupils have enough time to log appeals so A-level students don't miss out on their preferred university places for the autumn.
How are grades being awarded this year?
GCSE and A-level exams have been cancelled for 2021, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and third lockdown that saw schools closed.
The government decided to axe this summer's testing regime with a Department for Education spokesperson saying in early January: "The Government position is that we will not be asking students to sit GCSE and A-Levels."
On January 6, 2021, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said GCSE, AS and A-level exams in England will be replaced by school-based assessments.
The Department for Education and England's exams regulator Ofqual says teachers can draw on a range of evidence when determining grades.
This includes mock exams, coursework or other work completed as part of a pupil's course, such as essays or in-class tests.
Pupils will only be assessed on what they have been taught after months of school and college closures.
Schools and colleges will submit their grades to exam boards by June 18 to maximise teaching time.
How can I appeal?
Students will be able to appeal to the exam board via their school if there has been an error made in their grade calculation.
This is done via individual's schools, which will then liaise with the exam boards.
If following a review, no admin error has been found, a student can appeal their grade to the exam board if they feel their teacher's awarded grade is unfair.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidance says: "Requests for appeals on the grounds of academic judgement (unreasonableness) will only be considered by awarding organisations and not by centres.
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