The Summer 2021 JCQ Guidance Centre Policy is available to view here:-
A Level and GCSE appeals
Teachers have spent a considerable amount of time developing the grades you were awarded this summer. Their grades are based on the work students have studied and the assessments they have completed in school. Teachers have undergone training for the process including that for conscious and unconscious bias. Each set of results has been reviewed by a second teacher, the head of another department and a member of SLT.
How do I make an appeal?
If you wish to appeal against your A level or GCSE grades, you must complete the JCQ appeals guidance document form and send it to the relevant email addresses below. Please remember that an appeal may lead to a grade increasing or decreasing. Our centre policy for the awarding of grades in the summer of 2021 can be found here.
For A Level:
There are two stages to the appeals process:
Stage 1: The Centre Review.
This appeal must be completed by the school before a stage 2 appeal can take place. You can appeal on the basis of an administrative error by the centre (the school) or a procedural error by the centre (the school).
In either case, you must complete the supporting evidence section of the form to indicate what evidence you have for making this appeal.
We will notify you as to the nature of a stage 1 appeal when it has been completed.
Stage 2: Appeal to the Awarding Organisation.
You can appeal to the awarding body only once a stage 1 appeal has been completed.
You can appeal on the grounds of:
- An administrative error by the awarding organisation (the exam board).
- A procedural error by the centre.
- If you believe reasonable adjustments have not been made for your child's circumstances (although these are generally very small adjustments with a maximum of 5% allowance in a 'normal' examination year).
- An unreasonable academic judgement because of the selection of evidence used.
- An unreasonable academic judgement in the determination of the teacher assessed grade.
For the last two points the threshold for the appeal will be high. In Ofqual's (the exams regulator) words "It is possible for two examiners to give different but appropriate marks to the same answer. There is nothing wrong or unusual about that". This means that any difference between (for example) a grade A and a grade B would be considered a subjective judgement and would not be considered for a successful appeal.
In this context “unreasonable” means that no teacher acting reasonably could have selected the same evidence or come up with the same grade. This means that just because other forms of evidence may have been equally valid to use, the selection of evidence is not unreasonable. Because of the flexibility of the approach this year, every school and college will have used different forms of evidence.
It is important to note that this means that the independent reviewers will not remark or grade students’ evidence. Instead, they will look to see whether any teacher acting reasonably could have arrived at the same grade based on that evidence.
Once again, you must provide evidence to support your appeal.
These are appeals ONLY for those students for whom a university place is dependent on the outcome of the appeal. The form must include your UCAS ID for it to be processed as a priority appeal.