If you’re unhappy with your exam results, don’t fret (Picture: Getty Images)
Schools and students have struggled immensely with the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic since early 2020, which led to national GCSE, AS and A Level exams not being taken.
Instead, teacher assessments replaced traditional exams last year and continued to do so this year.
However, today’s grades have been determined by teachers rather than the prior method of exam regulator Ofqual’s grades standardisation algorithm.
Though, if you’re not happy with the grade you’ve been awarded by your teacher, there is still space to appeal.
The Department for Education says: ‘Before a grade is submitted, teachers should make students aware of the evidence they are using to assess them. Students will then have the opportunity to confirm the evidence is their own work and make their teachers aware of any mitigating circumstances they believe should be taken into account.’
It continues: ‘If a student wishes to appeal, centres should undertake an initial process review to check all processes were followed correctly and no errors were made. If the school or college finds an error, they can submit a revised grade to the exam board.’
Exam results are allowed to be appealed (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
How to appeal your A-Level and GCSE results
Pupils in England are able to appeal GCSE, AS and A Level results, within the deadlines set by their school or college.
This can be done by asking your school or college to review a grade you are concerned about.
You are able to question whether they followed the correct process when awarding the grade, and make sure they sent the correct grade to the exam board.
Exam board result appeals
This can be escalated to an exam board appeal by your school if you are dissatisfied with their response.
Your school or college must oblige if you ask them to appeal to the exam board.
Though, as well as the potential for your grade to be raised, it can also be lower than the original.
You do not need to pay an appeal fee if you attend a state school or college. If you’re at a private school, you or your school will need to pay a fee.
The deadline for exam board grade appeals is Monday August 23 if your university or college place depends on it, or Friday September 17 for all other exam results.
Exams have been disrupted for the last two academic years (Picture: Rido Source/Shutterstock)
Ofqual result appeals
And if you’re unconvinced about the way the exam board has dealt with your appeal, you can take it a step higher to exam regulator Ofqual.
Note that this can only be done once you’ve had the outcome from your exam board appeal.
And from the date of that outcome, you have 21 days to apply for this final appeal.
To process your appeal, they need to ensure that you have a final appeal decision from the exam board, and that your teacher-assessed grades were decided by a school, colleague or other UK exam centre.
The contact information and appeal email contents required can be found on the government website.
If you’re feeling displeased with your result this results day, it’s best to begin the appeals process quickly.
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