Ofqual and the Exam boards are expecting a grade to be submitted based on what the teacher, subject lead and head of centre thinks they would have achieved had the summer exams gone ahead as normal. If you do not have your current data on your tracker, then I would advise that you first read our blog on “Step1: Where were your students at on the 20th March?”.
Many teachers and subject leaders may just want to get on with it. After all, you have to give predictions every term at assessment points, so it’s can’t be that difficult; “I know they were at a mid-grade 4, so they would probably get a grade 5”. But as the stakes are so much higher, and because the recommended grades will be validated by the centre before being standardised by the exam boards, it is much more important to make sure the grades are realistic, fair and reflective of actual performance and prior attainment. Showing how you have come to this grade recommendation will be vital for any internal verification conversations.
Our trackers are flexible enough to be used with any methodology that you want to use. The important thing we have done is provide a really robust way of accurately identifying the grade a student is currently working at based on your most reliable data and evidence. We are also recommending an approach that allows teachers to make a grade recommendation that can:
- Provide transparency around how a recommended grade has been reached
- Reduce unconscious bias in recommending grades and ranks
- Support the verification process by a subject and centre leader
- Provide consistency across a subject area and centre
- Give confidence in a rigorous, systematic approach to ensure consistency and most importantly fairness
The trackers on Pupil Progress pre-built, and match the exam-board specification requirements exactly, making this whole process straight-forward for all teachers. We will also provide any support you and your team need along the way. Our recommended steps for suggesting a Teacher Judgement Grade (to later be validated at a centre level) are:
- Use the Archive tool to take a snapshot of where they are currently at (March Working at Grade)
- Add the raw marks for each unit and unit section, reflecting the extra marks the student would be likely to achieve – the overall grade is calculated for you from the overall total course mark
- Validate this using the Teacher Judgement Column
Using an approach where you look at the marks for each unit is definitely more precise and rigorous as it takes into account the different skill and content/ topic areas that are assessed in that unit. It will also help with the rankings as the Overall Total Mark can be used to support ranking decisions.