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Appeals Process 2021

The summer 2021 exam series could not take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learners have received qualifications based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), which are based on the content they have been taught.

Although everyone will be working hard to make sure you are issued with the correct grades on results day, there will also be an appeals system as a safety net to fix any genuine errors that were not identified earlier on.

If you believe an error has been made in determining your grade, you will have a right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeals process:

 

Stage 1: Centre Review

If you don’t think you have been issued with the correct grade, you can appeal to Beacon Hill Academy who will review whether we:

  • Made an administrative error, e.g. submitted an incorrect grade; the academy used an incorrect assessment mark when determining your grade.
  • Did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. the academy did not follow our own Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness during an assessment.

To help you decide whether to appeal, you can request that the academy shares with you the following information:

  • The Centre Policy — Please click here to view this
  • The sources of evidence used to determine your final grade
  • Details of any special circumstances that have been taken into account in determining your grade, e.g. access arrangements, mitigating circumstances such as illness

 

Stage 2: Appeal to the Exam Board

If you still don’t think you have the correct grade after the centre review is complete, you can ask Beacon Hill Academy to appeal to the exam board, who will review whether:

  • The academy 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. A reasonable judgement is one that is supported by evidence. An exercise of judgement will not be unreasonable simply because a learner considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded, even if the learner puts forward supporting evidence. There may be a difference of opinion without there being an unreasonable exercise of judgement. The reviewer will not remark individual assessments to make fine judgements but will take a holistic approach based on the overall evidence.
  • The academy did not apply a procedure correctly, e.g. they did not follow the Centre Policy, did not undertake internal quality assurance, did not take account of access arrangements or mitigating circumstances, such as illness.
  • The exam board made an administrative error, e.g. they changed your grade during the processing of grades. At both stages of the process, you will need to submit your appeal to Beacon Hill Academy and give your written consent to conduct the appeal or submit it to the exam board on your behalf. It’s important to remember that your grade can go down, up or stay the same through either stage of the process.
  • If you have a place at college that is dependent on your appeal, you should tell the college you are hoping to go to so that they can decide how to handle your offer. You should also tell the academy so that they can ask the exam board to prioritise your appeal. The timelines for priority and non-priority appeals will be as follows:

12th August to 7th September: Priority Appeals Window 

  • 12th August to 16th August: the learner requests a centre review
  • 12th August to 20th August: the centre conducts a centre review
  • 12th August to 23rd August: the centre submits an appeal to the exam board

12 August to end October: The Majority of Non-Priority Appeals Take Place

  • 12th August to 3rd September: the learner requests a centre review
  • 12th August to 10th September: the centre conducts a centre review 
  • 12th August to 17th September: the centre submits an appeal to the exam board

Finally, if you believe the exam board has made a procedural error in handling your appeal, you can apply to Ofqual’s Exam Procedures Review Service to review the process undertaken by the exam board.

How do I appeal?

For you to appeal you must first read all the information above and in Appendix B. Once you have done this you must:

  • Complete the stage 1 form — Please use the link below to download this form in your preferred format.
  • If you are not satisfied with the outcome of stage 1, please progress to stage 2 of the appeals process by completing the stage 2 form — Please use the link below to download this form in your preferred format.