Examination Appeals 2021

Appeals for Summer Exams 2021

Full details of the appeals process have been published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). The steps students must take if they wish to appeal are outlined below with all key documentation linked at the bottom of this page.

Appeals Process

All students have the opportunity to appeal their grade if they meet the eligibility criteria (see below).

It is important to note that an appeal may result in a grade being lowered, staying the same, or going up. So, if a student puts in an appeal and their grade is lowered, they will receive the lower grade and this cannot be reverted.

There is also the option to resit GCSEs in the autumn, which may be preferable for some students. The design, content and assessment of these papers will be the same as in a normal year.

Following their results, students are able to appeal if they believe there has been an error in the grading process. The appeals process for exams in the Summer 2021 exam series has two stages:

• Stage 1 – Centre Review

• Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation

 

STAGE 1 – Centre Review

A Stage 1 - Centre Review for a TAG can be requested by a student if they suspect there was either:

1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body.

And/or

2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student.

 

Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation

Students can only request an appeal to the awarding organisation following receipt of the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review.

Following the outcome of their Stage 1 – Centre Review, a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation can be made if the student suspects there was:

1. An administrative error by the centre e.g. the wrong grade/mark was recorded against the evidence or the wrong grade was sent to the awarding body.

2. A procedural error by the centre e.g. a reasonable adjustment or access arrangement was not provided for an eligible student.

3. Their grade reflects an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement e.g. the evidence selected to determine the grade was inappropriate or the evidence was incorrectly used to determine the grade.

 

How to submit an appeal

To submit an appeal, please read the school’s full appeals procedure here.

In this document you will find a link to download the appeals form. Students must send the completed form to examinations@olsj.blackburn.sch.uk (by their school email address). Please provide a contact phone number in the email as we will call to check that the student has submitted the appeal before proceeding.

WE WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR APPEAL UNTIL WE HAVE CONFIRMED YOU HAVE MADE THE APPEAL SO IT IS VITAL YOU INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

 

Appeals Deadlines

Deadlines to submit a Stage 1 – Centre Review Wednesday 1st September

Deadlines to submit a Stage 2 – Appeal to the Awarding Organisation Wednesday 8th September 

 

Additional Information

You are strongly advised to speak to a member of staff before you make an appeal. Please email examinations@olsj.blackburn.sch.uk with a contact number and a member of our exams team will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your case.

JCQ full guidance document on Summer Appeals 2021

OLSJ Appeals Procedure 2021

Student Appeals Form

Summer 2021 Appeals Letter to Pupils and Parents (July 2021)

 

Last updated: Wednesday 14th July 2021