Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) Process

A Guide to The John Roan School Teacher Assessed Grade Process for Students & Parents

  • The selection of evidence to be used:

    The Awarding Bodies have asked each school to make informed professional judgements about the evidence to be used when determining the Teacher Assessed Grade for each subject. This must only relate to content that has been taught and should be broad enough to cover all the Assessment Objectives of the course.
    Each subject area will share with students the range of evidence that they will be using to determine a final Teacher Assessed Grade. Some of this may relate back to assessments and tasks from earlier in the course. Much of the evidence in most subjects will be gathered from assessments run during March, April and May 2021.

    • Teacher Assessed Grades will be determined solely on the evidence that has been agreed for each student. They will not be based on predictions, estimations or work not included in the official evidence log.
    • Subject teachers will brief students on what evidence will be used to calculate the Teacher Assessed Grade and provide a schedule of when assessments will take place.
    • Where possible, student evidence will be the same for all students taking the subject. Some variation may be needed for students who have been absent or disadvantaged for a piece of work. Decisions on evidence will be taken by the Head of each Department.
    • No single piece of evidence will necessarily be more important than another, as teachers will be assessing students based on a range of evidence that can give an overall picture of their performance. • Teacher Assessed Grades will not be influenced by students’ positive or challenging personal circumstances, character, behaviour, appearance, socio-economic background, or protected characteristics.
    • Class assessments will be carried out under controlled conditions with exam access arrangements in place to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to produce their best work.
    • Subject teachers will advise students on what content to revise and how to improve performance.
    • Student work will be collected and held securely as evidence to support the grade decision making process.
  • Marking and moderation of evidence:
    • All teachers will take part in moderation and standardisation processes to ensure marking is fair and accurate across each department. United Learning Subject Advisors will be involved in this process where possible.
    • Where there is only one teacher involved in marking assessments and determining grades, then the output of this activity will be reviewed by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and, if possible, a teacher from another school.
    • All grades will be reviewed against the School’s previous results to help identify if any departments may have been overly lenient or harsh in comparison to previous years. However, historical data will not limit the Final Submitted Grades.
    • Teacher Assessed Grades and the decision-making process is secure and confidential. Teachers are not permitted to discuss the process or the final grade decision with students. To do so would be malpractice.
    • Students and Parents must not place any pressure or attempt to influence any staff involved in the grading process. Teachers have been advised to record and report any discussions with parents or students where they may have felt any pressure or undue influence was being exerted on a grade decision. The School will take any allegation of this nature very seriously and will take swift action to ensure the grade decision process is not compromised.
    • Teacher Assessed Grades will be submitted in June and no new evidence will be collected after the 28th of May 2021.
  • Release of results:

    Schools are forbidden from releasing results in advance of the nationally agreed dates:

    • A-Level Results will be released on the 10th August.
    • GCSE results will be released on the 12th August.
  • Appeals:
    • If a student believes an error has been made in determining their grade, they will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:
    1. Centre Review – The first appeal should be made to the School if you think you have not been issued with the correct grade. The School will review whether we made an administrative error when submitting your grade or if we did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. we did not follow our Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
    2. Appeal to the Exam Board – If, after the centre review, you still don’t think you have the correct grade, you can ask the school to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether the school 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, whether the school did not apply a procedure correctly or if the exam board made an administrative error. Priority Appeals (for instance where a university place is being held subject to appeal, or where GCSE English and Maths grades determine funding for a course) can be requested up to 17th August 2021. The school the has until 24th August to respond and provide all the evidence required to support the appeal.
  • Teacher Assessed Grade Centre Policy

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