Examinations Office

Summer 2021 Appeals Process

The following information is taken from pages 6 & 7 of the following JQC document:

‘Guidance for students, parents and guardians: GCSEs and AS/A Levels in England Summer 2021’.

This document can be found here: JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents on Summer 2021
Appeals
Important - Please Note:

Deadline for Stage 1 Appeal - 12 noon 14th September 2021.
Deadline for Stage 2 Appeal - 12 noon 15th September 2021.

Unfortunately, no appeals can be accepted after these dates.


The JCQ has provided the following documents that you should read regarding appeals.

Resources/Exams/JCQ-Student-Appeals-Guide-2021.pdf
Resources/Exams/JCQ-Student-Guide-July-2021-Handout.pdf

The document below refers to information relating specifically to BTEC appeals.

Resources/Exams/btec-appeals-guidance-2021.pdf

Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on. If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:

Stage 1: Centre Review

If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal to your school or college, who will review whether they:

    • Made an administrative error, e.g. they submitted an incorrect grade; they used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.

    • Did not apply a procedure correctly e.g., they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
To help you decide whether to appeal, you can request that your school or college shares with you the following information on results day if not before:

    • Their Centre Policy.

    • The sources of evidence used to determine your grade along with any grades/marks associated with them.

    • Details of any special circumstances that have been taken into account in determining your grade, e.g., access arrangements, mitigating circumstances such as illness.

Stage 2: Appeal to the Exam Board

If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask your school or college to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:

    • The school or college made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement* in the choice of evidence from which they determined your grade and/or in the determination of your grade from that evidence

      * A reasonable judgement is one that is supported by evidence. An exercise of judgement will not be unreasonable simply because a student considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded, even if the student puts forward supporting evidence. There may be a difference of opinion without there being an unreasonable exercise of judgement. The reviewer will not remark individual assessments to make fine judgements but will take a holistic approach based on the overall evidence.

    • The school or college did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g., they did not follow their Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.

    • The exam board made an administrative error, e.g., they changed your grade during the processing of grades.
At both stages of the process, you will need to submit your appeal to your school or college and give them your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on your behalf. It is important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.

If you have a place at university that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the university you are hoping to go to so they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell your school or college so they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

10 August to 7 September: Priority Appeals Window

» 10 August to 16 August: student requests centre review
» 10 August to 20 August: centre conducts centre review
» 11 August to 23 August: centre submits appeal to exam board
10 August to end October: Majority of Non-Priority Appeals Take Place

» 10 August to 3 September: student requests centre review
» 10 August to 10 September: centre conducts centre review
» 11 August to 17 September: centre submits appeal to exam board

Finally, if you believe the exam board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal, you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the exam board.
How To Appeal
In submitting an appeal you will need to supply the College Centre Number. This is 32455.

To apply for a Stage 1: Centre Review, a JCQ Stage 1: Centre Review application form must be completed and submitted to the College.

To apply for a Stage 2: Appeal to Awarding Organisation, a JCQ Stage 2: Appeal to the Awarding Organisation form must be completed and submitted to the College.

These forms can be found here: JCQ Appeals Guidance Summer 2021 Appendix B

Please ensure that you read the ‘Important information for students’ section of the document above prior to the submission of any appeal.

Please submit all appeals to the College via the following e-mail address: tagappeals2021@xaverian.ac.uk

If you send any appeal to a different e-mail address it may not be processed by the College prior to any deadline.

FURTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATING TO THE APPEAL PROCESS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

JCQ: A guide to appeals processes Summer 2021 Series: JCQ Appeals Guidance Summer 2021

Ofqual: Student guide to awarding: summer 2021: Student Guide To Awarding In Summer 2021

BTEC Appeals Summer 2021: BTEC Appeals Summer 2021
Should you require it, the following link will give you access to the Colleges Complaints Procedure (Summer 2021 TAG Awards):

XAVERIAN COLLEGE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE (SUMMER 2021 TAG AWARDS)

Should you require it, the following link will give you access to the Colleges TAG Policy (Summer 2021 TAG Awards):

XAVERIAN COLLEGE CENTRE POLICY FOR TEACHER ASSESSED GRADES (SUMMER 2021 TAG AWARDS)