Exam Appeals 2021

This page is designed to guide you though the exam appeals process for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) 2021. Please be aware that the criteria and process has been decided upon by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). We will help you as best we can.

What may happen to your grade during the centre review and appeals process?  

If you request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal there are three possible outcomes: 

  • Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received.  
  • Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade.  
  • Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received.  

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. 

If your grade has been lowered you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day.  

What will be checked during a centre review?  

You can ask the centre (Attleborough Academy) to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both. A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation. You must request a centre review before you can request an awarding organisation appeal. This is so the awarding organisation is certain that your grade is as the centre intended.  

What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?  

You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural error – or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.  

When do I need to submit my request?  

You should submit a request for a centre review by 16 August 2021 for a priority appeal, or by 3 September 2021 for non-priority appeals.  

Once you have received the outcome of your centre review, if you wish to request an awarding organisation appeal you should do so as soon as possible. If you ask us to then we will submit this on your behalf. Requests for a priority appeal should be submitted by 23 August 2021 and requests for non-priority appeals should be submitted by 17 September 2021.  

Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.  

What is a priority appeal?  

A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal. 

I’m thinking about appealing my 2021 results – what should I do?

Please follow the steps below if you are considering making an appeal. Please read everything carefully as the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) criteria for appealing, their process and their deadlines are very specific.  

Step 1:

Carefully read the JCQ guidance which explains the criteria for appeals and the various stages : JCQ-Guidance-for-Students-and-Parents-on-Summer-2021.pdf. You can only appeal if you fit their criteria.  

Step 2: 

You will also need to consider this other useful information:  

Attleborough Academy Centre Policy for Teacher Assessed Grades. This policy has already been quality assured and approved by the JCQ and the Sapientia Education Trust and can be found here: 

The JCQ Subject Leaders Checklist (All Attleborough Academy Subject Leaders have completed one): Summer-2021-JCQ-Guidance-Head-of-Department-checklist.docx (live.com)

A brief description of our internal quality assurance process can be found here: 

Step 3:

If, having carefully read the JCQ guidance and looked at the information above, you would like to appeal please:

(1) Complete the Attleborough Academy Appeals Form: Attleborough Academy Appeals Form: TAGS 2021 Appeals Form (Edit) Microsoft Forms (office.com).

(2) Download and complete this form: JCQ_Appeals-Guidance_Summer-2021_Appendix-B.pdf Please carefully read the Important Information on the first page and make sure you are in line with the dates in the guide (there are different dates for different types of appeal). 

Once you have completed the JCQ form, please send it to ExamAppeals2021@attleboroughacademy.org email. We have staff on standby to help you and process any appeals. Please put the subject as Appeal, including the subject name and student name. 

Please be aware that you need to send a form for each appeal.  

Further Queries

If you have read all of the information above and are still unsure, please contact us on ExamAppeals2021@attleboroughacademy.org and we will try to assist you, within the framework laid out by the JCQ.

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