Year 13 Results Day 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How will I access my results this summer?
Because of the very large number of students collecting A level and BTEC results and uncertainty about social distancing arrangements in August, combined with the unique circumstances of results this year, the college is this year publishing results securely for students through Cedar.
Students can access their results this summer on Thursday 13 August from 8am. Students should log into Cedar and select ‘Exams’ and then ‘Exam Results’ from the left hand section of the page.
If you would like your results posting to you by mail, please email email@example.com with confirmation of your postal address and your student ID number. Please note that these will not be posted until after the results day itself.
It is important that students collect their exam board certificates as students will require them for future employment and study. Students can provisionally collect these from college reception from January 2021.
A small number of Year 13 students will be collecting GCSE maths or English resit results this summer. Because numbers are small, we will be handing these results out in the normal way on Thursday 20 August between 8am and 10am at the college. You will also be able to collect your GCSE results through Cedar at 8am if you prefer.
Make sure you can log into Cedar
In advance of results day, please make sure that you can log into Cedar. If you have forgotten your password or if it has expired please visit:
Please note that you should expect a significant delay in accessing your results if you do not make sure that you are able to log into Cedar in advance of results day. We will not be able to provide any results by telephone or email.
How can I access advice and support on results day if I need it?
We know that some students will want to talk to one of our careers team or progress tutors on results day to discuss next steps, UCAS and clearing issues, and for general advice. Please telephone the college on 01302 976777 if you would like to speak to someone to discuss your next steps following your results.
We will share further information with you closer to results day about how you can make an appointment on results day itself for either a face-to-face conversation through Microsoft Teams or a telephone call.
Please note that our advice and guidance on results day will be specifically to help students make decisions about their next steps. Our careers team, teachers and progress tutors will not be able to discuss issues such as centre assessment grades and rankings or how grades were determined by the examinations boards. Further information about how centre assessment grades and rankings were established by the college and how final grades were determined by the examinations boards can be found within this FAQ document.
If you feel it is important to know your centre assessment grade, please telephone the college or contact a member of the senior leadership team. We will be happy to provide this for you, but we are likely to be very busy on results day, so we may not be able to get back to you quickly. If possible, it would help if you could request this a little later. There is greater sensitivity about how we disclose rankings as this information also connects with the data of other students, which we have a duty to protect. As such, if you have any queries about rankings, please could you contact our Data Protection Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for centre assessment grades and rankings must come from students and we unfortunately cannot respond to requests for that information from parents.
If there are any urgent concerns on results day, please telephone the college and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. If our phone lines are busy, please do leave a voicemail with your name and number, and the name of the student you are ringing about if you are a parent.
We have included in this FAQs detailed information about the process carried out by the examinations boards to determine student grades this year.
How do I request my grades and ranking information
If you feel it is important to know your centre assessment grade you have the right to request this information. We will be happy to provide this for you, and will look to respond as quickly as possible to your request. There is greater sensitivity about how we disclose rankings as this information also connects with the data of other students, which we have a duty to protect. As such, if you have any queries about rankings, please could you contact our Data Protection Manager at email@example.com. Requests for centre assessment grades and rankings must come from students and we unfortunately cannot respond to requests for that information from parents.
Before making a request, we suggest that you read our brief guide:
To make a request, please complete the form through the link provided: https://bit.ly/3alHNH2
How have exam boards produced grades this year?
Ofqual, which regulates all of the examinations boards, set out arrangements for the awarding of student grades this summer, in the absence of examinations due to coronavirus. This required schools and colleges to provide a centre assessment grade for each student, and a rank order. The centre assessment grade was an indication of what the college expected each student to achieve had they sat the exam in normal conditions, taking account of how similarly qualified students performed in the course within the college over the last three years. The rank order within each grade identifies the students considered most likely to achieve that grade, down to the least likely.
Ofqual set out that schools and colleges should not disclose provision grades and rankings with students, parents and carers and that disclosure would be investigated as possible malpractice.
Both the government and Ofqual expressed their commitment to ensuring that the grades awarded to students nationally should have equal value to grades awarded in previous years, and that they would therefore establish standardisation processes for exam boards to use to ensure that the overall distribution of grades nationally is in line with previous years. Ofqual indicated that where the prior attainment of students within a school or college is similar to previous years for a particular course, they would expect the distribution of results to be similar this year. Where an examinations board judges that a centre has been too stringent, some student grades will be adjusted upwards. Where an examinations board judges that a centre has been too generous, grades will be adjusted downwards. The rank order provided by schools and colleges is to enable the examinations board to identify which student grades should be adjusted in the fairest possible way.
It is important to emphasise that although schools and colleges have provided centre assessment grades and rankings to the examinations boards, as requested, it is the examinations board that has determined the final grade that each student should be awarded. The final grade that a student is awarded may not be the same as the centre assessment grade provided by a school or college. Examinations boards have taken into consideration the centre assessment grades and rankings provided, the prior attainment of students, each centre’s historical results, and the performance of students nationally.
You can find full details about Ofqual’s approach to the awarding of grades here:
What if I did better in my mocks?
On 11 August, 2 days before A level results day, the government announced that schools and colleges would be able to appeal against results awarded to individual students if they performed better in their mock exams. As this was very recent, we are still awaiting detailed information about this, but we expect that the college will submit those appeals to the boards on behalf of affected students, rather than students needing to do this themselves. It is unclear at this stage what information or evidence we would need to submit or whether this will apply in every single case.
We have already identified which students achieved higher results in their mock exams than in their awarded results, so you don’t need to get in touch with us at this stage if you are someone affected in this way. We will await further information from the boards and will act on this as soon as possible, and we will provide you with an update as soon as possible. There is nothing you need to be doing, other than be patient over the next week or so, until we hear more from the exam boards.
If your mock results were higher than your actual results and this is likely to affect your UCAS offers, we would strongly encourage you to get in touch with the universities to which you have applied to discuss your grades further.
Can I sit the exams in the autumn?
As in any year, some students will receive grades which are higher than they expected, many will be broadly in line with expectations, and some students may be disappointed to received grades lower than they hoped. We understand that these results have significant implications for a student’s next steps.
For students that have applied to university, the majority are likely to secure grades that will support progression to their first choice universities as planned. As always, some will need to opt for their insurance offer, and some students may choose to use the UCAS clearing process.
Students that are particularly unhappy with their grades will have the option to sit exams in the autumn term and will be awarded an additional grade. Whilst this may be a viable option for a small number of students, it will not be a straightforward option for most. Those exams are unlikely to take place until October and results are not expected until December. This is a significant period of time and students will need to make a judgement about whether such a delay to their future plans is worthwhile. It is important to consider the likelihood of achieving a higher grade by sitting exams in the autumn given the significant gap between the college closing due to lockdown and the October exams.
Please do not make a rushed decision about sitting exams in the autumn – you do not need to make this decision on results day. To register interest in sitting exams in the autumn term you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student reference number and the subjects you are considering sitting no later than Friday 28 August and we will contact you to discuss this further. You may also wish to discuss the issue of sitting these exams with your progress tutor in advance. Please note that students opting to sit exams in the autumn would be required to pay any additional costs for entries charged by the examinations boards.
Both the college and the exams boards are expecting very few students to opt to sit exams in the autumn.
In line with ESFA requirements and funding arrangements, students that have completed two years of level 3 study will not be able to recomplete Year 13 or attend college prior to sitting these exams in October.
Can I appeal against the results that I have been awarded?
Grounds for appeal are narrow and students cannot appeal directly to the examinations board if they are unhappy with the grades they are awarded.
Ofqual has determined that students are not able to appeal against the centre assessment grades or position in the ranking submitted to the boards by schools and colleges. Ofqual has provided a number of reasons for this. For example, it identifies that it would not be possible to identify a person better placed than the teachers within a school or college to judge the likely outcome for a student had the exam taken place. It also identifies that changes to the centre assessment grade and ranking of one student through an appeal would negatively impact on other students who would, in turn, require a right to appeal.
A student who had evidence of bias or discrimination should raise this with a member of the college’s senior leadership team. Students are advised that they may also pass such evidence on to the examinations board who could investigate for potential malpractice.
A school or college can only submit an appeal to the examinations board if it believes it has incorrectly submitted information to the board, or if it believes the examinations board has made an error when calculating, assigning or communicating a final grade. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/appeal-arrangements-for-as-a-levels-and-gcses’
How has New College developed centre assessment grades and rankings?
In developing centre assessment grades and rankings teachers took into consideration a wide range of indicators of student performance and progress. These indicators included performance in mock exams and Cedar assessments over the course of Y12 and Y13, indications of progress during lessons and through directed independent learning activities, and coursework where this was a component of the course. Where multiple teachers were delivering the same course, and producing grades and rank ordering collectively, initial team meetings took place so that the wide range of indicators of student performance were used consistently. Consideration was given to the likely changes in performance in the time between between internal assessments and when students would ordinarily have completed the final examinations, using professional judgement, knowledge of students, and taking into consideration historical performance within the subject.
In view of the Ofqual process, the college reviewed results achieved over the last three years in order that the distribution of centre assessment grades was broadly in line and credible, but making adjustments for changes in the prior attainment of cohorts of students.
Centre assessment grades and rankings were reviewed by curriculum leaders and then by senior leaders, with adjustments made where necessary, to support the accuracy and integrity of information submitted to the examinations boards. Additionally, a quality assurance review of grades was carried out by the group of Principals and CEO of the trust prior to submission, and a further review by each college’s Advisory Group (local governing body).
The college recognises that as it is the examinations boards that determine the final grades awarded to students, some final awarded grades will be different to the centre assessment grades submitted by the college (and in all schools and colleges), despite the complex and rigorous process we have carried out.