Qualifications Wales guidance on summer 2020 exams

30th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are aware, schools are closed to pupils and the summer examinations for this academic year have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that there are many questions you may have about what happens next, including how your child will be graded this year. The most up-to-date information from Qualifications Wales and the WJEC is outlined below.

Qualifications Wales guidance on the summer 2020 examinations
Grades for GCSE qualifications in 2020 will be calculated using a range of evidence. They will be based on a combination of factors which may include marks for work completed to date, for example controlled assessment grades, and standardised teacher assessed grades.

Teacher assessed grades will be based on what teachers would expect a learner to achieve at the end of the course. They need to represent a fair, reasonable and carefully considered judgement of the most likely grade that might be achieved in normal circumstances. This is a professional judgement based on the learner’s performance on a range of classroom and external assessments and on their overall commitment to their studies and ability in the subject. It will be a holistic judgement rather than focusing on a single source of evidence like mock examinations. The examination board will consider the full range of evidence, including teacher assessed grades, and will standardise these across the full cohort, thus leading to a final grade to award to each learner. These are not target grades or aspirational grades and are not related to performance measures, which have been suspended for this year by Welsh Government.

WJEC guidance on NEA, controlled assessment & Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate)
Following the Welsh Government’s decision to close schools and not to proceed with this summer’s examinations, we have now agreed with Qualifications Wales on arrangements for controlled assessments and non-examination assessments (NEA) for Qualifications Wales approved GCSE and Skills Challenge Certificate (WBQ) qualifications.

Given the timing of the school closures, not all learners have been provided with the opportunity to complete their internally assessed NEA work and controlled assessments. To ensure fairness for all learners, WJEC will not moderate any NEA units or controlled assessments for GCSE and Skills Challenge Certificate qualifications for the summer 2020 series.

WJEC guidance on all other qualifications including vocational courses
We are currently working with Qualifications Wales and with Ofqual and CCEA to consider our approach to managing a range of other qualifications including entry level, level 1/2 and level 3 qualifications. Further advice and guidance will be provided on the qualification pages on our website in due course.

We understand that this is a very difficult time for our Year 11 pupils. However, please do not contact individual teachers in relation to grade calculations. This process is confidential and we will not be able to discuss grades with anyone.

As soon as we receive any further information about the process, we will update you. We wish to thank you for your patience and continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. A. Owens
Deputy Headteacher