Awarding grades in 2021
Earlier this year the government laid out how they will be awarding grades to students this summer. The pandemic has caused so much heartache for so many, and the aftermath for students seems to continue. Stress levels have been on high for some time, with many students struggling to adapt to the absence of classes and the inclusion of distance learning. Sadly, things don’t seem to be getting any easier at the results day for many approaches in August.
Teacher-assessed grading system
The grading process is reportedly causing a lot of stress for both students and teachers. The idea that your grade might not be a direct reflection of your ability is a real worry for students. Universities report that teachers are doing everything they can to support their students through this emotional and stressful time. It’s clear that their pupil’s futures are in their hands based on how they grade.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, said “teachers will do everything they can to try and support and help their students – they don’t want to be doing this to their pupils. However, they understand that their pupils’ futures are based on how they substantiate the grade they have been awarded. So, there’s this massive pressure to get evidence.”
A-Levels and GCSEs
Students in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will receive grades decided on by their teachers. These grades will be based on a combination of mock exams and coursework. This is to replace the 2021 summer exams, which have been canceled.
In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the best means of assessing students are currently being deliberated.
Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5
As with A-Levels, all Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers and National 5 exams taking place in summer 2021 have been canceled. Students will receive grades based on their teachers’ assessments of their work.
When is results day 2021?
For students in England and Northern Ireland, A-Level results day 2021 is on Tuesday 10th August. Students in Wales will receive provisional grades in June, to give them enough time to appeal to their school or college before grades are finalised and released on Tuesday 10th August.
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