Information on how to submit your Teacher Assessed Grades and our approach to assessment for these qualifications
Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) portal is now open – all the guidance you need is below
Our user-friendly Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) portal is now open – all the guidance you need is below.
The deadline for submission of TAGs was 18 June, to guarantee results by week commencing 9 August. You can submit TAGs after this point if you do not require your learners’ results by a specific date. Access everything you need in our toolkit below, remembering to submit your TAG strategy form as soon as possible if you missed the 7 May deadline, and to book in your EQA review!
- Key dates on submission, results, appeals and more
- Top 10 tips and reminders - we understand that there’s a wealth of guidance available on TAG submission, and the volume of information can be overwhelming! To help you find the key information you need quickly and easily, we’ve produced a top 10 tips and reminders for your submissions.
- Simple step by step guide – find out the steps you need to take for graded qualifications, ungraded qualifications and Functional Skills here.
- TAG portal user guide - your staff will already be familiar with the screens in the portal and we have created a comprehensive TAG Portal User Guide to help them navigate this – a copy of which can be found here.
- Demo video - we have also recorded a demonstration video of how to claim TAGs in the portal which is available here.
- Good practice guide for designing and creating centre-based assessment activities for generating TAGs can be downloaded here.
- Use of historic data to support you in making reliable TAG judgments. This year, NCFE is making the last three years of qualification data available to be used as a tool in sense checking this year’s grades against previous data. Centres will not be penalised for submitting differing data thresholds to previous years - it’s normal to expect that the data might differ as different cohorts’ attainment does fluctuate. This tool is purely to support staff in making reliable, confident and robust judgments in assigning TAGs. Accessing the data is simple - for the appropriate page in the portal user guide, please click here.
- Subject specific information – eligibility information for Functional Skills, as well as information on T Levels, V Certs and the new ‘knowledge only’ qualifications for EYE / EYP can be found here.
- Approach to Awarding for 2020-21 document – information on evidence requirements and more.
- TAG judgment webinar – bringing the approach document to life.
Submitting your Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) strategy form – and a revised version of our Quality Assurance policy
TAG strategy form - We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can not make submissions until we have reviewed and approved your centre’s TAG strategy form (found here). This should have been completed by 7 May and needs to be done as soon as possible before you can submit any TAGs. Remember, we only need one form per centre – it does not need to be completed by sector or qualification – and it needs to be submitted to NCFE directly.
QA policy - You can view some guidance around completing your strategy form within our QA policy and it might also be useful for you to watch our QA policy webinar. We have now updated our QA policy with some further helpful information, which is highlighted in purple throughout the document. Please ensure you download and use this new version. To summarise the changes:
- updated information on the use of historical data during the IQA and EQA process
- timelines included for the final submissions to be added to the NCFE portal if completed in the usual way
- further guidance provided on completion of the TAG strategy form.
Other important reminders
- DCS outcomes - Throughout the coming months, the DCS outcomes of an EQA review will not show on the portal or on the front of your EQA review. If you need to check when your DCS is due to lapse, you can access your previously completed reports via the portal. These changes do not impact your ability to claim certificates for learners where DCS was applied to a qualification, as long as your centre TAG strategy has been submitted and approved.
- EQA review - Once you have completed your TAG strategy form, it is then really important that you book in your EQA review. Your allocated EQA will be in touch with your programme contacts to arrange the sector review that is required. You can help ensure things run efficiently by encouraging your departments to get the EQA reviews booked in as quickly as possible. For B1 qualifications it is vital to arrange your review between 21 June and end of July at the latest, in order to ensure we can quality assure your results ahead of results release days.
- Bookings - Please make a booking for learners on B1 qualification external assessments (V Cert and CACHE) where the assessments were cancelled for this session. A booking will be required in order for us to process a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG). You can see a record of all bookings made on the bookings screen within the NCFE Portal.
- Nested qualifications - We have now transferred all banked achievements on the nested suite of qualifications to the higher qualification, where you have created duplicate learner records. You can therefore submit any grades and/or claim certificates for qualifications from the nested suite and have confidence that the learner achievements will be associated with the higher qualification.
Which qualifications can be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG)?
Ofqual’s advice is that a TAG can be used to award qualifications that are primarily taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A Levels – including vocational qualifications which are important for progression to further study or employment (Category B1).
Qualifications that are not like GCSE or A Levels in their structure, such as Functional Skills, Skills for Life, will continue remotely. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely (Category B2).
What is a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG)?
A Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is a formal judgement of learner attainment against the requirements of a given assessment, offered by a centre where it has not been possible for a learner to complete the assessment that would usually be required.
Category B1 qualifications
Ofqual’s expectation is that TAGs should be used to award qualifications that are primarily taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A Levels – including vocational qualifications which are important for progression to further study or employment.
Category B2 qualifications
Qualifications that are not like GCSE or A Levels in their structure, such as Functional Skills, Skills for Life, will continue remotely. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely.
Please take a look at the below pages for information specific to V Certs, T Levels or Functional Skills:
- V Cert specific information (synoptic projects)
- T Levels
- Functional Skills (Please note that Functional Skills should continue remotely – see our remote invigilation solution here. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely. More information on this eligibility process can be found here.)
- EYE / EYP qualifications – we’re delighted to announce new information on knowledge only options of these qualifications. Read more here.
Useful additional links
- You can use Ofqual’s qualification explainer tool to find out which qualifications can be or can not be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade.
- Read about our approach to awarding for 2020-21 here.
- Find out the key dates for your diary around Teacher Assessed Grades and results here.
- Sign up to our webinars here.
- Guidance for heads of centre on submitting grades
- Information for centres about making objective judgements
- Consultation on autumn assessment opportunities for VTQs
- How qualifications will be awarded in 2021 – an article from Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus
- Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021 (Concluded consultation)
- Regulatory arrangements for the awarding of vocational and technical and other general qualifications in 2020-2021 (Concluded consultation)
Good practice guide for designing and creating centre-based assessment activities for generating TAGs
Subject specific information
Subject specific information for Functional Skills, T Levels, V Certs and new knowledge-only EYE / EYP qualifications