Teacher Assessed Grades

Teacher assessments will replace formal examinations in summer 2021. This applies to assessments for GCSEs as well as some vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs). 

What's the timeline? 

  • End of March – Schools will receive optional assessment materials from the exam boards on all subjects (except art and design) and additional guidance on processes and procedures 
  • Before 18 June – Schools will carry out an internal quality assurance 
  • 18 June - Deadline for submitting learner results to exam boards  
  • June and July - Exam boards will conduct external quality assurance by checking evidence from each school through a requested sample.  
  • 12 August - GCSE results day 

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How are we assessing GCSEs this year?  

As a result of the disruption to the education of learners caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has replaced public exams with a system to determine grades whereby teachers of Year 11 learners must assess their learners’ performance, only on what content has been delivered to them.  Overall, the government’s intention is that it will be no easier or harder for a learner to achieve a particular grade this year compared to previous years.  We will examine the grades for this year’s cohort compared to cohorts from previous years when exams have taken place, to make sure grades are not overly lenient or significantly lower.  Following the guidance, we have put a programme together called the Rayner Stephen's Road Map for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) Summer 2021.


IMPORTANT UPDATE - 10th May 2021
Mitigating circumstances

Where a learner believes that they have mitigating circumstances beyond those which apply to all learners this year, they should submit this in writing to the school, clearly explaining how circumstances have made it more difficult for them to attain the grade which might reasonably have been expected under normal circumstances. This will be reviewed by the school and an acknowledgement letter provided to the learner, parent/carer. This is part of our internal quality assurance processes.


JCQ guidance for students, parents and guardians – Summer 2021 

JCQ have provided the following guidance for students, parents and guardians for GCSE and AS / A levels in England in Summer 2021.


Downloadable Resources

Subject Assessment Rationales

To support this year's Teacher Assessed Grades process we have written a rationale for each subject. This enables you to see what assessment evidence is being used to determine the grades and other contextual information. If you require any further information, please email s.schofield@rshs.aspireplus.org.uk to discuss.