Teacher Assessed Grades (TAG) 2021

overview

  • Grades are to be awarded by teachers.
  • Assessments should be based on what they have been taught.
  • No set requirements on a minimum amount of content.
  • Determine grades ‘as late as possible’
  • Use a broad evidence base from whole course
  • 18th June is the final TAG deadline for exam boards which we need to work back from.
  • A robust quality assurance needs to be in place and evidenced
  • NO DISCUSSION OF ANY GRADES TO ANY PARENTS OR STUDENTS AT ANY TIME. Raw scores are preferred method for student feedback.
  • Students will have the right to appeal a decision 
  • Blind marking to be used for each student: use of student id numbers shared by TSA/PDA.
  • DO NOT USE GRADES ON ANY PIECE OF WORK.
  • Please mark using RAW SCORES only.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TAG OVERVIEW VIDEO

Protocols

A consistent approach is absolutely key. 

We will lead our staff to form TAGs using the following methodology that has to be followed:

  1. ‘Exam board paper series’
  2. Mock exams
  3. NEA (‘Non-Exam Assessment’ – often referred to as coursework) where applicable
  4. Other sources of assessments e.g. modular assessments, essays, lockdown assessments.

Exam Board Paper Series

Exam boards will provide assessment questions for schools to use. These should be published by the end of the Spring term. DfE & OFQUAL has stated these are optional, however we have decided that they are COMPULSORY for us to use due to the strength of evidence they provide. We plan to run an ‘exam board paper series’ of assessments in M5. It is vital that the questions published are used and amended to reflect on the content that HAS been delivered to our students. Be selective over what we want to include to give students the best chance of success, balanced against providing students access to all grades.

Mocks

We will continue with our plans to facilitate a mock series for English/Maths/Science/Humanities in module 4. These will take place IN LESSONS (as per the M3 plan that we cancelled), starting on Tuesday 16th March. Heads of these subjects must form amended papers ready for SLT approval asap. Other subjects have also facilitated mock papers in M2. These are very useful but you should also look to facilitate a paper in M4.

NEA (Non-Exam Assessment)

DfE & OFQUAL have been clear that students should CONTINUE to work on any coursework or controlled assessments. Use this opportunity to polish NEA. As things stand, samples will not be collected in the usual way*.

*BTEC Coursework should be completed in line with changes given by Pearson in November for SV sampling purposes as this is still being sampled for quality control purposes

Other Sources

Evidence from throughout the course can be used if we think it is appropriate. The guidance is clear that we should ‘teach’ for as long as possible. Recent assessments should provide us with better information on performance but module 1 & 2 assessments will be useful. Homework/essays/lockdown assessments can also be used.

Assessments

Please ensure the following are implemented for assessments:

  • Sat in exam conditions.
  • Based on what has been delivered to students.
  • Use exam board questions/assessments.
  • Access arrangements provided where necessary.
  • Use DOI/SLT for support in QA of assessments.
  • Blind marking: use of student id in place of names.
  • DO NOT USE GRADES ON ANY PIECE OF WORK.
  • Please mark using RAW SCORES only.

Teaching & Learning

  • ‘Teaching’ must continue until 18th June.
  • No new content should be delivered when Y11 return to school*.
  • Lessons should focus on revision and recall of content that will be assessed in mocks/exam board series.
  • Revision sessions will focus on assessments and NEA.

*BTEC coursework identified for by the SV sampling should include new content if not already completed by the pupils in line with subject assessment plans

Proposed Timeline of Events

08.03.21

Year 11 resume face-to-face teaching – focus on content of upcoming mocks.

All

10.03.21

Middle Leader for papers to be ready for line manager approval. Repro to be sent papers by 11.03.21.

TSA / SLT

15.03.21

Year 11 Assembly on assessment and mocks.

MGO / HOC / TSA

16.03.21 to 26.03.21

EBacc mock exams begin on Tuesday 16th March to Friday 26th March. Mock timetable M4 2021  (M2 plan will be used for staffing/timetable, etc.)

All

16.03.21 to 26.03.21

EBacc revision sessions to take place the afternoon before the exam. Mock revision schedule M4 2021.

SLT

21.04.21

EBacc marking and grade entry into Year 11 TAG document by staff (PD time allocated).

All

21.04.21 to 23.04.21

Middle Leader and SLT QA of Year 11 mock grades (4pm deadline).

SLT

26.04.21

SLT to review Year 11 Mock Data via KPI analysis (LASER) by SWA.

SLT

26.04.21

Middle Leaders to have reviewed the ‘Exam Board Paper Series’ and amended according for line manager approval. Papers to be printed from 28.04.21.

SLT

28.04.21 to 29.04.21

Proposed Year 11 Parents’ Evening to discuss mock results, progress and exam board papers.

CQU / SLT

03.05.21 to 14.05.21

Proposed Year 11 ‘Exam Board Paper Series’ to be sat.

All

17.05.21 to 21.05.21

‘Additional Assessment Window’ to be provided for any students ‘missing’ assessment information.

TSA / SLT

24.05.21

Staff deadline for marking ‘Exam Board Paper Series’ and input these grades into Year 11 TAG document. PD time for staff with Middle Leaders to input FINAL TAG based on the rationale set out below.

All

26.05.21

Subject area final TAG checks, Middle Leader QA with SLT line manager. Sign off must be completed by 4pm.

SLT

27.05.21

HOCs/Principal/SWA meeting to QA/review TAGs and key KPI. PLO to speak with SLT line managers of any data issues.

HOC / MGO / SWA

28.05.21

Final submission of TAGs to PLO/SWA/MGO for Head of Centre sign off (9am).

PLO / SWA / MGO

28.05.21

WA proposed submission of TAGs to LAT for review (2pm).

MGO / SWA / PLO

18.06.21

Final submission of TAGs to exam boards.

MGO / SWA / PLO

Declaration Head of Centre

The head of centre will be required to submit the following declaration when the data is submitted. I confirm that: 

  • these grades have been checked for accuracy, reviewed by a second member of staff and are accurate and represent the professional judgements made by my staff 
  • entries were appropriate for each candidate in that students entered were those already studying the course, and each candidate has no more than one entry per subject 
  • my centre has met the requirements set out by exam boards/JCQ for internal quality assurance 
  • I am satisfied that each student’s grade is based on an appropriately broad range of evidence, and is their own work 
  • exam board requirements have been met for any private candidates access arrangements and reasonable adjustments were provided with appropriate input from the SENCo and other specialists (and where they were not, that has been taken into account) 
  • I and my staff have taken note of the guidance from exam boards about minimising bias, and I am confident that the judgements are fair
  • all relevant student evidence and records are available for inspection, as necessary

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