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Centre-Assessment Approch for Qualifications in 2021 for pupils in Year 10 & 11

 

 

Dear Pupil and Parent/Carer

 Centre-Assessment Approach for Qualifications in 2021 for Pupils in Year 10 & 11

 I wrote to you recently to outline the changes in awarding qualifications in 2021.

 In November 2020, the Education Minister announced that there would be no summer examination series for pupils taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels in 2021. In January 2021, it was confirmed that these qualifications would be awarded using Centre Determined Grades. This means that individual examination centres, such as schools, would determine the actual grades awarded for each qualification.

The assessment approach is designed to outline how the school, as an examination centre, will apply the ‘Guidance on Alternative Arrangements for Approved GCSEs, AS and A levels’ provided by Qualifications Wales, the examination regulator, to help determine grades in 2021.

Full details of how we are producing Centre Determined Grades can be found on the school’s website http://www.cwmbranhighschool.co.uk/qualification-2021/

It is essential that you take the time to read this information so that you understand the process and the expectations we have of you/your child. You will also find a timeline with all the key dates that you need to be aware of.

You will also find a copy of the school’s Assessment Approach for Qualifications 2021 which will outline the procedure for awarding and reviewing grades and any subsequent appeal process http://www.cwmbranhighschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CHS-ASSESSMENT-APPROACH-FOR-QUALIFICATIONS-IN-2021-FINAL-2.pdf

The evidence used for Centre-Determined Grades
Centre Determined Grades will be generated using evidence of work completed by a pupil, using the adapted specification content. In determining grades, the school will be required to make ‘best-fit’ judgements. This means that pupils are not required to demonstrate all aspects of a grade descriptor to be awarded the grade; pupils should be awarded a grade which supports evidence of attainment across sufficient breadth of content, within the specified qualification, as determined by WJEC; and may achieve the same grades by demonstrating different combinations of knowledge, skills and understanding. Where there is insufficient evidence, or where evidence suggest attainment is below that required of the lowest grade for a qualification (ie. G grade at GCSE) then a pupil will be awarded a Centre Determined Grade of U.

In determining a grade, the following types of evidence will be used in each qualification.

Adapted past-paper questions
The school will make use of WJEC adapted past-papers when setting tasks to help determine a grade for each qualification.  There are recognised benefits of using these materials.  The adapted past-papers have already been externally quality assured, are fully supported by clear mark schemes and are familiar to both pupils and staff. Where necessary, due to time constraints, teachers will have the option of amending these papers to reduce the content, however, this will then be reflected in the weighting in relation to the Centre Determined Grade awarded. Teachers will ensure these past- papers, which will form a key part of the evidence, will be incorporated within their delivery of teaching and learning, in replacement of other activities undertaken in lessons.

 Non-Examination Assessment
NEA exists in many qualifications. Teachers will use the performance of pupils in this element to help contribute towards the determination of a grade. However, teachers will need to consider the weighting of this element to ensure that the grade awarded accurately reflects the overall standard.

The evidence generated will not be completed in the form of an examination ie in the Hall with external invigilators.

Other contributing evidence  

  1. Teachers may use evidence from previously completed WJEC past-paper questions, which have been externally quality assured, with a published mark scheme, and where they have been completed under controlled conditions.

The awarding of Centre Determined Grades will be completed by Friday 21st May 2021.

Below is a breakdown of how Centre Determined Grades are going to be awarded for each subject.

These assessments will take place within normal lesson timetables.

GCSE

Subject Method of Assessment Assessment Start Assessment Ends Weighting
Art Coursework 15th April 2021 13th May 2021 100%
Computing Adapted paper 18th March 2021 7th May 2021 60%
Adapted paper 18th March 2021 30th April 2021 40%
Drama Adapted past paper 16th April 14th May 2021 50%
Non-Exam Assessment 15th March 2021 19th March 2021 50%
English Language Adapted past paper 22nd March 2021 30th April 40%
Adapted past paper 23rd March 2021 7th May 40%
Non-Exam Assessment 15th March 2021 26th March 2021 20%
English Literature Non-Exam Assessment 15th March 2021 26th March 2021 60%
Adapted past paper 12th April 2021 30th April 21(Yr10)

10th May 21 (Yr11)

40%
Geography Adapted past paper 18th March 2021 23rd April 2021 66.6%
Adapted past paper 30th April 2021 7th May 2021 33.3%
History Non-Exam Assessment 22nd March 2021 25th March 2021 40%
Adapted past paper 15th April 2021 22nd April 2021 30%
Adapted past paper 29th April 2021 13th May 2021 30%
Health and Social Care Adapted past paper 15th April 2021 29th April 2021 40%
Non-Exam Assessment 15th April 2021 13th May 2021 60%
Subject Method of Assessment Assessment Start Assessment Ends Weighting
Maths

(Yr11 only)

Adapted past paper Unit 1 17th March 2021 19th March 2021 50%
Adapted past paper Unit 2 24th March 2021 16th April 2021 50%
Maths Numeracy

(Yr10 AND 11)

Adapted past paper Unit 1 15th March (Yr10)

19th April (Yr11)

23rd April 2021 (Yr10)

21st May 2021 (Yr11)

50%
Adapted past paper Unit 2 15th March (Yr10)

19th April (Yr11)

23rd April 2021 (Yr10)

21st May 2021 (11)

50%
Adapted past paper Unit 1 17th March 2021 19th March 2021 50%
MFL/Spanish Adapted past paper 16th April 2021 23rd  April 2021 30%
Adapted past paper 7th May 2021 14th May 2021 15%
Adapted past paper 30th April 2021 7th May 2021 15%
Adapted past paper 18th March 2021 30th April 2021 30%
Music Adapted past paper 15th March 2021 6th May 2021 30%
Non-Exam Assessment 25th March 2021 15th April 2021 35%
Non-Exam Assessment 25th March 2021 15th April 2021 35%
Product Design Non-Exam Assessment 15th March 2021 13th May 2021 70%
Adapted paper 15th March 2021 6th May 2021 30%
PE Adapted past paper 25th March 2021 13th May 2021 50%
Non-Exam Assessment 25th March 2021 25th March 2021 50%
RS (Full course) Adapted past paper 15th March 22nd April 50%
Adapted past paper 6th May 13th May 50%
RS (Short course) Adapted past paper 13th April 14th May 100%
Sciences
Biology Adapted past paper 12th April 2021 26th April 2021 100%
Chemistry Adapted past paper 12th April 2021 26th April 2021 100%
Physics Adapted past paper 12th April 2021 26th April 2021 100%
Double Science Three Adapted Papers

(Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

12th April 2021 7th May 2021 3x 33.3%
Applied Science Adapted paper 12th April 2021 30th April 2021 50%
Activity Task 12th April 2021 30th  April 2021 50%
Welsh Adapted past paper 12th April 2021 14th April 2021 25%
Adapted past paper 21st April 2021 28th April 2021 25%
Adapted past paper 5th May 2021 12th May 2021 50%

On return from the Easter break, teachers will notify you/your child of the topics being assessed within each adapted past paper and the dates assessments will be undertaken within the assessment window. Teachers will not be able to inform you/ your child of which past paper will be used.

All pupils will be required to attend school until Friday 28th May 2021 when we break up for half term.

On return to school after the half term break, assessments will be marked and moderated by teachers and cross-moderated by the school’s leadership team.

From 7th June, on return from the half term break, pupils in Year 10 will continue to follow their normal timetable.

From 14th June, pupils in Year 11 will be invited to attend lessons to continue subject topic delivery in preparation for their transition to college or employment.

Quality Assurance Processes
In line with usual practices, WJEC will require internal processes to be undertaken to promote consistency. The school will undertake quality assurance processes, within subjects and across subjects, to ensure the grades determined are valid, reliable, equitable and fair, while seeking to avoid discrimination.

Review of Centre Determined Grades and Appeals

As set out in the Minister of Education’s announcement on 20th January 2021, the appeals process will have three stages:

Stage 1 – a school-based review of the provisional Centre Determined Grade on the grounds of judgement and/or a procedural error has been made.

Stage 2 – an appeal to WJEC on the grounds that the judgement that the centre has made is unreasonable and/or a procedural error has been made.

Stage 3 – a request to Qualifications Wales for an Exam Procedures Review Service (EPRS) to review whether WJEC has followed the required procedures.

Stage 1 – the school-based review stage will allow pupils to request a review of the school’s judgement of their grade and/or correct any errors. This will be completed before the submission of Centre Determined Grades to the WJEC. The school will provide an effective mechanism for pupils to request a review of their provisional grade.

Centre Determined Grades are provisional until qualification grades are issued by WJEC on results days.

The school will provide pupils with a provisional Centre Determined Grade by 25th June and submit them to the WJEC by 2nd July. If a pupil wishes their grade to be reviewed, this can be requested before they are submitted to the WJEC. The review of pupils’ grades will be similar to the internal moderation process. Where a review has been requested, it will be considered by a member of staff who was not the original assessor. The Head of School will also review that the school’s processes have been followed. New or additional evidence will not be considered as part of the review process. Where a review has been upheld, the Centre Determined Grade will be amended.

At each stage of the review/appeal process, pupils should be aware that a Centre Determined Grade may be improved or lowered. GCSE final grades will be given on 12th August 2021.

Thank you for your time in reading this letter, I appreciate there is a lot of information for you to consider.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Gill

EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER