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Teacher Assessed Grades

Policy and Quality Assurance
 
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has required all schools to complete and share a Centre Policy which outlines the Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) process for Summer 2021. Please click here to access the BC6F Centre Policy. 
 
Our Centre Policy includes details about the following key considerations:
  • Assessment methods and resources used
  • Marking using exam board mark schemes and grade descriptors to ensure they are reflective of exam board standards
  • Moderation and standardisation of marks to ensure we have confidence in recorded marks
  • Ensuring that assessment and marking reflects access arrangements
  • Avoiding unconscious bias to ensure equality of marking
  • Our quality assurance process 
  • Our data checking process
  • JCQ timescales we will be working to
  • Results days
  • Grounds and process for appeals     
A recording of our Parents' Forum presentation regarding Quality Assurance and TAGs is available below, and our Context and Process and Summary information is also availble to download.

Please feel free to contact Jo Cooper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any specific questions about the TAGs process. 

 
 
 

This page contains resources created and collated by us to help you with the key areas of revision in the weeks coming up to your exams:

1) Effective Revision Skills
2) Note-Taking Skills
3) Essay Writing Skills
4) Learning Quotes
5) Mindfulness

Please also remember that what really matters at this time of year is that you don’t rev in neutral: if you need help, guidance or advice about how to plan / how to revise / mindfulness – please let us know as soon as possible. We are happy to help individuals or even to deliver some group sessions to help support your achievement. Please do come and talk to us: no issue or problem is too small.

The good news is that experts agree that the right preparation can improve your results by two grades. There are many ways to review work, and hard work, planning and starting early will maximise your chances of getting the best grades you can.

Here are our top tips:

  • Make a solid revision plan - those who have a working style based on breaking down tasks into small, manageable parts end up with better grades.
  • Revision should never simply be seen as soaking up knowledge. You should try to get involved in what they are studying - preferably by trying to ensure you have clear and effective notes on the topics you are revising.
  • Writing out plans for exam answers and doing full timed exam questions are also really important. Don’t just write essay plans – you need to do the whole question.
  • Work with your teachers to ensure you have detailed knowledge and understanding of the mark scheme.
  • Use model answers to help to show exactly what the difference is between an A*and a C grade: they also show you just how much knowledge and understanding of the topic and the question you need to get the top grade.

It is only through dedication, organisation, motivation and most of all hard work will you get the success that you want and deserve.