Quality assurance of Teacher Assessed Grades
We’re pleased to confirm publication of our Quality Assurance Policy for Awarding for 2020-21. This brand new policy provides you with a clear overview of the quality assurance process expected for qualifications in Ofqual’s category A, B1 and B2. The policy outlines what is expected from centres in relation to preparing a TAG strategy, internal quality assurance and how to prepare for the external quality assurance process.
Once you’re familiar with the QA policy, we need you to begin summarising your centre TAG strategy by completing our Teacher Assessed Grading Strategy Form. Our QA policy provides guidance on how to complete this in the appendix, and is available for you to complete now. We ask that you complete this before close of business on Friday 7 May. You will be unable to submit any TAGs on our portal until you have done so.
We recommend that you print the completed form before submitting, as we will be unable to provide you with a copy of the completed version.
Your allocated EQAs will have started contacting you to arrange your EQA review; please do get these booked in for a suitable time so that we can ensure you are getting the most support.
In order to make sure we can quality assure TAGs that are issued this year, we have changed the way we process results, including for any centres that have Direct Claim Status (DCS). This allows your EQA to confirm that your centre’s TAG strategy has been approved and that your EQA review has taken place. Once both of these checks have taken place your results will either be held for results release days for B1 qualifications or released on a rolling basis for B2 qualifications. If you submit results in the usual way (without a TAG) and have Direct Claim Status (DCS), your EQA will approve these claims daily so there should be no delay to receiving certificates.
If there are any concerns with the review of your TAG strategy, we will contact you to request further details. Following this, if there are still any concerns, we may carry out an EQA review and request a sample of learner work before signing off any certificate claims.
If you have only submitted grades in the usual way and had DCS, your EQA will approve these claims daily so there should be no delay to receiving certificates. More information about the temporary removal of DCS will follow in next week’s communication.
Any centre that has already received their EQA review this year, can request an additional support review free of charge. To request this please complete this form and add ‘not applicable’ in the Purchase Order number section.