Due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, GCSE examinations across Wales were cancelled in January 2021. The Design, Delivery and Advisory Group formed by Welsh Government were tasked with devising a fair alternative process for awarding qualifications in 2021.
This summer, qualifications will be awarded on a 'Centre Determined Grades' model. This is an evidence-based approach to ensure pupils achieve grades in line with those they would have achieved if they had taken their GCSE examinations as normal.
The underlying principle is that qualifications this year should be no harder or no easier to achieve than in previous years. Our teachers will be working hard with pupils over the next half term to ensure they have every opportunity to demonstrate their achievements and secure strong GCSE outcomes.
Our Assessment and Quality Assurance Policy outlines how we plan to award grades to our pupils, including the evidence we will consider, the quality assurance and the right to appeal if a pupil or their parent/carer is unhappy with any aspect of the process.
In each subject, the evidence which will be used to award a pupil's grade is outlined in each subject's assessment summary.
|26 March||Assessment Policy published|
|12 April||Teaching, Learning and Assessment window starts|
|28 May||Teaching, Learning and Assessment window ends|
|7 June||Internal quality assurance starts|
|17 June||CDGs released to candidates|
|17 June||Internal review process starts|
|25 June||Deadline for applications for internal reviews|
|1 July||Candidates informed of internal review outcomes|
|12 August||GCSE official publication of results day|
|24 August||WJEC appeals window opens|