Ofqual publishes details on appeals for calculated grades

Ofqual has said that students will be able to appeal their exam results if they believe the process of calculated grades this summer was not followed correctly.

Centres themselves can also appeal if they believe something systemic has gone wrong in relation to their results.

Any student unable to receive a calculated result, and others who would like to improve their grades, will have an opportunity to take the full suite of GCSE, AS and A level exams in the autumn, Ofqual has confirmed.

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual, said: "We, and exam boards, are committed to helping students and their families understand how to access an appeal or make a complaint about bias, discrimination, or another concern. We will provide accessible information and have a helpline available to students and their parents or carers to talk about the appeals process and any other questions they may have about their results this summer."

Ofqual has said that individual pupils should complain to the school if they have concerns about bias, discrimination or any other factor that suggests that a centre did not behave with care or integrity.

Where there is “evidence of serious malpractice”, Ofqual says it “may be appropriate to bring those concerns directly to the exam board in the first instance”.

“Where there is evidence, we require exam boards to investigate allegations as potential malpractice or maladministration. We expect such allegations to be rare, but this is an important safeguard for students and their overall confidence in this year’s grading arrangements.”

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