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Exam Appeals 2020

20 August 2020

2020 Grounds for Appeals

Below is the government information regarding GCSE Appeals published on 20 August 2020.

Schools and colleges can only appeal where there has been an administrative error with the CAG or rank order information. Rank order information was vital to support standardisation, but any change to a student’s position in the rank order would not change the student’s CAG.

 Administrative errors might include, for example, mixing up 2 students with similar names, or accidentally copying across the wrong data, but do not relate to the professional judgements of centres in assigning CAGs.

Centres cannot appeal against the CAG that they decided was correct at the point of submitting it to the exam board, and for which the head of centre submitted a declaration to confirm that in the centre’s judgement this was the grade the students were most likely to have received had the exams gone ahead.

 If a student is concerned that any reasonable adjustments were not taken into account when their school or college determined their CAG, they should discuss this with their school or college.

Can a student appeal to receive their mock grade?

The decision to issue students the higher of their CAG or their calculated grades means that a route to appeal on the grounds of mock exam results is not available. Mock exam results were part of the evidence schools centre took into account when determining CAGs for their students.

What if students have concerns about bias impacting on centre assessment grades?

As we have said previously, if students or others have concerns about bias, discrimination or any other factor that suggests that a centre did not behave with care or integrity when determining the centre assessment grade and/or rank order information they should normally raise these concerns with their centre, in the first instance; or they could take their concerns to the relevant exam board if this was the more appropriate route. Where there is evidence, we require exam boards to investigate such allegations as potential malpractice or maladministration. Such allegations would be very serious, and we expect them to be rare.