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NEU Hertfordshire DISTRICT Briefing for NEU School Reps and Members

Arrangements for 2020 GCSE and A Levels

The purpose of this briefing is to update NEU members on the recent announcement from the exams regulator, Ofqual, on their plans for how GCSE and A-Level grades will be awarded this year.

You can read the Ofqual guidance for teachers at

The headlines are:

  • schools will be asked to make a fair and objective assessment of the grade each student would have achieved if they had sat the exams
  • grades should be based on a range of evidence and data, including mock exams, non-exam assessments, homework assignments and any other records
  • schools will be asked to provide a rank order of students in each grade for each subject
  • there is no requirement to set additional exams or assignments for the purposes of establishing grades
  • no student should be disadvantaged if they have been unable to complete assignments following school closures
  • there will be a process of standardisation which will take account of prior attainment and the school's results in recent years
  • the deadline for submitting grades is May 29th
  • schools will not be required to submit any supporting evidence
  • exam boards will provide further detailed guidance after Easter
  • schools should not inform students or parents of the grade they are awarding
  • results will be published in August


The NEU has highlighted concerns about the requirement to provide a rank order of students and has also argued against rationing grades based on schools' past performance.


NEU guidance on grading is clear: teachers should not be setting work or exams for students inY11 and Y13 in order to decide their grade this would be unfair on those students without internet access or personal devices at home, or whose family circumstances would mean they were not able to perform at their best. We will issue further guidance when we see the details after Easter. If you have any thoughts or questions about this please do let us know.

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