Summer 2021: Materials to support Centre-Determined Grades now available
Summer 2021: Materials to support Centre-Determined Grades now available

22/02/2021

Today we have published additional guidance to support teachers/lecturers to produce accurate Centre-Determined Grades for Qualifications Wales approved GCSE, AS and A levels for summer 2021. The approach for awarding grades was confirmed by Kirsty Williams, MS, Minister for Education in January following the closure of schools and colleges and follows the recommendations of the Design and Delivery Advisory Group (DDAG).

The materials listed below are available via our public and Secure Website and will assist teachers/lecturers to formulate learners' Centre-Determined Grades. Additional material will be released in the following weeks, including training and further resources in accordance with our publication timeline for centres.

The following materials are available from our public website - via each subject page:

  • Non-examination Assessment Guide: a guide to the adaptations made for NEA in summer 2021.
  • Qualification Adaptations: a guide to the adaptations made to the assessed content in summer 2021.
  • High-level Qualification Assessment Frameworks: summarising key requirements of each qualification and advice about determining grades.

The following documentation can be accessed by teachers/lecturers via our Secure Website:

  • Initial Qualification Assessment Frameworks: summarising key requirements of each qualification, assessment materials to be provided by WJEC, how learners may provide evidence of knowledge, skills and understanding, and advice about determining grades.
  • WJEC Assessment Creation Guide: a guide for teachers to assist them in the development of assessment materials.

Commenting on the publications is Ian Morgan, Chief Executive, WJEC:

'Today we publish our first tranche of support materials to enable teachers/lecturers to begin the process of producing accurate Centre-Determined Grades that reflect their learners' knowledge and understanding this summer.

'Our teams have worked at pace to produce a comprehensive package of support material, and over the coming weeks will be releasing additional documentation, training and resources.

'We understand the challenges faced by schools and colleges and their learners, and our teams will be on hand throughout this process to provide support to teachers and lecturers in these exceptional circumstances.

'We will continue to work with the Design and Delivery Advisory Group and Qualifications Wales as arrangements for awarding qualifications for summer 2021, including the appeals process, are developed.

'We are grateful for the continued support and collaboration from our education communities and will continue to engage and communicate as we implement this new approach to grading this summer.'

For the latest updates, please visit our Summer 2021 web area, subscribe to our email bulletins and follow our social media channels for the latest FAQs, announcements and links to relevant materials.

We welcome your feedback, therefore if you have any questions or suggestions, please email assessments2021@wjec.co.uk.

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