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Students can sit exams this autumn, should they disagree with predicted GCSEs in 2020.

Schools will determine an expected grade for pupils using a number of metrics.

If students feel they can do better than the result prescribed, they will though have an option to sit an exam. But how will this work in practice? This blog post explains.

How are GCSEs going to be decided?

Plausible grades will be extracted from mock and non-exam assessed results:

The ASCL have stated that schools should then:

Rank order the students within those grades, so that if the gradings need to be adjusted, then it is clear which pupils would be affected, in either direction. This is a difficult process and relies on teachers being fair and reasonable with their own pupils but also understanding the same process is being applied everywhere else.

Many schools already adapt this type of strategy to form predicted grades.

Exam boards can then decide whether grades could be adjusted.

But if students don’t like the results… they can sit an exam

Full sets of exams will be offered for all subjects in the autumn instead of the summer – effectively meaning that pupils can sit exams if they feel they can improve their grades.

Ofqual have said they expect to hold GCSE exams in November.

Qualifications will be exam-only. Coursework will only be relevant in art and design.

Meanwhile,  the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has said providing estimations on GCSEs will lead to a ‘tidal wave‘ of appeals.

We can help your pupils achieve the GCSEs they want

For more information on how to manage catch-up learning click here.

At EDLounge we can help students achieve the grades they want by helping them prepare for autumn exams.

We have a large bank of 10,000 which are backed to the curriculum. A personalised learning platform means lessons can be set based on the students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Feedback from completed lessons and assessments can be instantly sent back to the school to assist the pupils’ development.

Using EDClass+ means pupils also have access to our highly trained teachers, for instant support should the pupil get stuck.

We also have a range of safeguarding mechanisms built into our platform, to protect students learning from home.

For more information call 01909 568338 or email