Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGS) – Summer 2021

  • Every school and college have a policy that sets out how grades will be determined, and this will be reviewed by the exam board before grades are submitted

    2021 Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) Appeals Process
    Determining teacher assessed grades policy (PDF)

  • Students will only be assessed on what they have been taught.
  • Students have seen the guidance on how TAGS will be awarded, been informed of the range of evidence that will be used to inform the grade and have been given the opportunity to improve this work.
  • Every effort will be made to use the same sources of evidence for each subject cohort.
  • The grade awarded will start with their teacher’s assessment of their performance across a range of evidence. This assessment will then be subject to internal and external quality review.
  • Students will know how they performed in tasks being used for evidence, they cannot be told their final grade.

Every year there are students who are disappointed by the grade they achieve. If a student is disappointed with their grade, they may consider sitting exams in the autumn series.

If a student is concerned that their grade is wrong, ofqual have put an appeals process in place:

  1. If a student thinks their grade is wrong, they should first ask the college to check whether they made a mistake in determining or submitting the grade.
  2. If a mistake has been identified, the college can submit a revised grade to the exam board to consider.
  3. If no error has been identified, but a student still believes that the grade is wrong, they can ask the college to submit a formal appeal to the exam board. An appeal can be made for any of the following reasons:
  • - there was an error in the way the college followed or applied its procedure for determining the teacher assessed grade
  • - the college did not make a reasonable judgement when deciding which evidence to use to determine the teacher assessed grade
  • - the college did not make a reasonable judgement about the grade based on the evidence gathered

If an appeal is submitted, the student will need to explain why they think the result was incorrect and should be changed.

The appeal questions whether the original decision was a reasonable one, and not whether other reasonable decisions could have been made.

A grade will only be changed if there was an error when determining or submitting the grade, or if the grade given could not have reasonably been reached based on the evidence presented. The grade may go up, go down, or remain the same.


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