Following the decision to close schools and cancel this summer’s exams, the government have announced more details of how grades will be awarded this summer. I know how keen you are to have clarity on this issue, please find key information below.

  • Exam boards will ask teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
  • The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July.
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they do not believe the correct process has been followed.
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to; students can also choose to sit exams next summer.

For now, our advice is to continue with your learning in all subjects; this will prepare you for your next steps, whether that be college, university or an apprenticeship and could be used to further evidence a holistic predicted grade.

Any updates will be communicated promptly as they are received.

UTC Bolton Examination Officer: Gary Lambert (g.lambert@utcbolton.org)