Appeals Following Exceptional Arrangements for Assessment and Grading in 2020

With cancelled assessments this summer, and no papers to mark, our normal post-results services are not applicable for results released as part of the summer 2020 exceptional awarding process following the submission of Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs).

However, we have been instructed by Ofqual to offer a right of appeal to centres if they believe that, in respect of the results that they receive following summer 2020 awarding, the relevant process was not followed correctly by NCFE. Therefore, we have issued an exceptional appeals policy to reflect this.

Full details of our Appeal Following Exceptional Arrangements for Assessment and Grading in 2020  can be found within our policy, and further information is below.

Grounds for appeal

An appeal may be submitted if the Head of Centre considers that, in regard to results received following the summer 2020 awarding process:

  1. NCFE did not apply procedures consistently, or procedures were not followed properly and fairly or
  2. NCFE used the wrong data in calculating results or
  3. the result generated was incorrectly issued by NCFE to one or more learners.

The wrong data includes:

  • the centre provided NCFE with incorrect data (centre error) or
  • NCFE introduced errors into the data used (awarding body error).

The wrong data does not include:

  • a centre error resulting in no CAGs submitted for a learner/group of learners on a qualification.

Full details of the scope of our summer 2020 appeals process can be found in our policy .

Learner appeals

Learners cannot appeal to NCFE against the judgement of their teachers, assessors, or centre.

If a learner and/or their parents/carers believe they have valid grounds for appeal as outlined above, they must first contact their centre. If the centre declines to proceed with an appeal to NCFE, the learner and/or their parents/carers can then approach NCFE.

If a learner and/or their parents/carers believe that they have been discriminated against by their centre, NCFE will investigate this on the grounds of potential malpractice. 

How to submit an appeal

Please download this form and, once completed, email to [email protected]

All appeals must be authorised (but not necessarily submitted) by your Head of Centre, who must be satisfied that all learners on whose behalf the appeal is submitted have consented to the appeal before it is submitted to NCFE.

Learner consent

Written consent from all learners on whose behalf the appeal has been submitted must be collected in advance of any appeal being submitted, retained on file for a minimum of 6 months, and be produced upon request by NCFE. 

Timescales

Applications for an initial review appeal must be made by Friday 17 September 2020.

NCFE will reject appeals made outside of this timescale.

NCFE will endeavour to complete initial reviews within 42 calendar days of the receipt of the application.

Fees

A fee will be charged for each unsuccessful stage of an appeal:

Stage 1 Initial Review: £45

Stage 2 Independent Review: £350

Appeals policy

Appeals Following Exceptional Arrangements for Assessment and Grading in 2020

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