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 Post subject: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:33 pm 
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I hope everyone got the results they wanted.For those who are looking to review or appeal one or more grades this appears to be this years process.I use the words cautiously considering the changes we have had this year.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/results-2020- ... mn-resits/

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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:50 pm 
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Interesting read. The only concern we had was French. Despite getting a 9 in his mock ( he spent 2 years in a French school ) my DSs teacher gave him a 5 on his report. Interestingly he has got a 7. We don’t intend to appeal as he will be attending a vocational school but the new system would have made it almost impossible to do so anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:41 pm 
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Tolstoy wrote:
Interesting read. The only concern we had was French. Despite getting a 9 in his mock ( he spent 2 years in a French school ) my DSs teacher gave him a 5 on his report. Interestingly he has got a 7. We don’t intend to appeal as he will be attending a vocational school but the new system would have made it almost impossible to do so anyway.


In your circumstances there should be effective appeal rights.It is absurd that students cannot appeal against CAG's on the merits of individual decisions.

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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:59 pm 
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I agree.

His case is unusual as it’s a very small school with very few teachers. The head of academics knew his prediction was absurd and said she would sort it. I guess the took a middle road. If we complain I suspect she would back us but he is going to a ballet school so not worth the hassle. It does however highlight the fact that there will be children who come up against subjectivity.

I think he didn’t help himself when he started talking about ‘seals’ in his French class. He only has himself to blame a very valid lesson in life. Don’t make enemies :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:32 pm 
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/educ ... 91171.html

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/ofqual-to-fac ... ms-fiasco/

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/exams-2020-ed ... es-fiasco/

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/2 ... -services/

Its clear matters are developing on a daily basis.Individuals can also make written submissions to the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons on the exams chaos as one of the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic.Reading some of the written submissions some have already done this.

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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:45 pm 
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53951654

The Welsh government have agreed to an enquiry into the A level and GCSE grading in Wales.I hope the pressure keeps building to give proper grounds of Appeal to the many who have been forgotten.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:13 pm 
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A colleague’s DD had all 8/9s in her GCSE except English where she got a 5 and a 6. Never got on with the teacher. Trouble is that teacher will probably have marked her down consistently. Not all teachers are fair unfortunately. Difficult to prove though so most will just let it go.


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If possible, sit for these papers with 2021 cohort.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:01 am 
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https://schoolsweek.co.uk/revealed-ofqu ... egal-risk/

This article this morning made interesting reading following the vote in the House of Commons to prevent the publication of correspondence between the Department of Education and Ofqual in relation to the exams fiasco and Ofqual backtracking on promises to publish such material in their evidence to the Education Select Committee last week.

Quoting large parts of the article.

"A contingency planning document sent to the government on March 16 sets out numerous risks associated with using the controversial approach which ignited last month’s exams grading fiasco

When listing disadvantages associated with the system Ofqual warned “while it may be possible to achieve an overall statistical fit between the estimated grade, rank order and other evidence, individual students may feel that their final grade is not that which they should be awarded.

“Ofqual and exam boards may be subject to legal challenge over this approach.”

It also stated: “It will be challenging, if not impossible, to attempt to moderate estimates in a way that is fair for all this year’s students.”

The document further predicted teacher estimates “will inevitably include some conscious or unconscious bias” and “will not be able to take account of students who, had they taken their exams, would have done much worse, or much better, than their teachers predicted.”

Ofqual also warns “evidence suggests that particular social and ethnic groups are unfairly disadvantaged in estimates”.

During A-level results day in August it was discovered poorer pupils were more likely to have had their centre-assessed A-level grades lowered during the standardisation process.

Just four days later the government announced both A-level and GCSEs students would be awarded their teacher-assessment grades before standardisation in a major U-turn.

Elsewhere the planning document said the “credibility of any estimated grades may be questioned, particularly in cases where students’ grades are much worse (or better) than expected.”

Ofqual listed just one advantage for the option, recognising it is “far from ideal” but that it would allows students to have grades “which could be used to determine progression to the next stage of education or employment, and therefore mitigates the risk that substantial numbers of students receive no qualifications, which would put them at a disadvantage in future.”

The watchdog states “in order to make sure the data is collected and checked for completeness , exam boards will need to send instructions to schools by 25 March”.

In practice schools did not receive this guidance until more than a week after this deadline – on April 3."

https://committees.parliament.uk/public ... 6/default/

https://committees.parliament.uk/commit ... iamson-mp/

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 Post subject: Re: GCSE 2020 Appeals
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:36 am 
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It’s appalling that this fiasco was allowed to happen and not one minister has resigned over it. What message does this send to a generation of students about accepting responsibility and facing consequences. No wonder so few have any interest in
voting when there is no such thing as accountability.


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