I hope that you are all well. It has been a busy time here at Bro Edern with a full week of assessing, standardising, moderating and entering grades for year 11, 12 and 13 pupils since half term. Once again, I would like to thank the staff for their hard work, working to tight deadlines and administering a complex process which is new for us all. Departments have spent long hours and endless days trying to ensure fairness for all Bro Edern pupils. We truly hope that everyone will feel that they have received their deserved grades in the coming week.
The results to be published next week are called “provisional grades”. These results will then be confirmed officially on the usual results’ days in August. Please note that we do not expect to see many results changing across Wales, between now and August.
Here is the timetable for the Bro Edern results:
- Year 13: Tuesday 15 June 9 – 10am
- Year 12: Tuesday 15 June 10 – 11am
- Year 11: Wednesday 16 June 9 – 10:30am
The results will be available for the pupils to collect from the hall. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to enter the hall with their child, but you are welcome to stay outside. If a pupil cannot attend, and a parent needs to collect the results on their behalf, then one adult per pupil will be allowed into the hall to collect the results. There will be a one way system in the hall, and a mask will need to be worn at all times on the school premises.
***** Pupils need to return all school books, such as textbooks or novels. Also, according to our list, some pupils still have their school iPad. Everything needs to be returned to school on results’ day.
Partnership Course Results
Schools have had to make their own arrangements for publishing results, so this year the results of different schools in Wales will be published on different days. If your child has followed a partnership course, the results’ days for the other two schools are as follows:
- Glantaf: Wednesday 16 June
- Plasmawr: Wednesday 23 June
Partnership pupils are welcome to collect their results from the teaching school (Glantaf / Plasmawr) on the days noted above, or if this is not practical, they can be collected from Bro Edern on the same day.
Please contact Miss Land if you have any further queries.
Results of Qualifications from England
Some of our qualifications are regulated by Ofqual in England (rather than Qualifications Wales) and/or set by examination boards in England. England is not announcing early results like Wales this year. The results of any English qualifications will be published on the normal results’ day, therefore this means that they will not be available until the official results day, 10 August (Sixth Form) or 12 August (GCSE). We understand that this will be frustrating for our pupils, as they will not have a complete picture of their results, but arrangements for English qualifications are quite different this year.
I can confirm that these are our qualifications from England, and therefore these results will not be announced until August:
- Construction Level 1 and 2
- Hair and Beauty
Sixth Form Courses:
- BTEC Sport
- Music Technology
- Public Services
- Engineering Level 2
- Medical Science
- Vocational Business
- Food Science and Nutrition
The school has organised a support clinic for pupils who are keen to discuss their results and next steps. The Support Clinic will be held on Thursday morning next week, 17 June. Mr Voyle, Miss Land and Mrs Rhys-Roberts will be available to talk to pupils and their parents, as well as Dylan Evans (Careers Wales), Charlie Owen (Youth Mentor) and Matthew Lewis (Youth Mentor).
The sessions will be held in the hall, and you will need to book a time slot using this form, in order to limit the number of people in the hall at any given time:
Decision Making Record
If a pupil is unhappy and would like more details of the process in determining a particular grade, then they can apply for a copy of the Decision Making Record. Full details of this, together with a relevant link, will be in the envelope with the results. The deadline to apply to see the Decision Making Record will be 12pm at lunchtime on Friday 18 June. Late applications cannot be processed.
If your child attends a partnership course at Plasmawr or Glantaf, you will need to contact the teaching school in order to apply for the Decision Making Record of the partnership course, and follow the partnership school’s processes.
Requesting a grade review
Having viewed the Decision Making Record, some pupils may still be unhappy with their grade in a particular subject. WJEC has put special procedures in place for the next steps. The process needs to be conducted on paper, on the official forms.
Learners must give their written consent prior to a review being undertaken, because WJEC emphasise that their provisional grade could go down, up or stay the same, as a result of a school conducting a review.
The school can only be asked to review a grade on a limited basis of specific situations.
This is the official information from WJEC documentation. As you can see, there are only 3 different reasons for requesting a grade review:
- Centre administrative error: It is anticipated that administrative errors will have been corrected during a centre review. If the learner considers that an administrative error persists, WJEC will consider the evidence in respect of whether an error occurred.
- Procedural error: Based on the information provided by the learner, WJEC will evaluate whether the centre followed the procedure (centre policy/assessment plan) which is being challenged by the learner. It is not a ground for an appeal that the learner disagrees with the content of a procedure, the focus of an appeal is the application of the procedure.
- An unreasonable grade: WJEC will consider the learner’s decision making record and related evidence and determine whether the grade is reasonable. A centre determined grade will only be considered unreasonable if it is well outside the bounds of reasonable academic judgement and that the evidence cannot reasonably support the grade awarded. The appeal will not consider an alternative grade submitted by the learner or whether an alternative grade is reasonable. As the centre determined grade is holistic in nature, the reviewer will take a similarly holistic approach to their decision-making. The reviewer will not re-mark individual assessments. The reviewer will consider the learner’s assessment evidence in its entirety to determine whether the overall grade is reasonable.
The process of requesting a grade review will begin with the pupil collecting the appropriate form from the school reception.
Year 12 Arrangements
Year 12 will return to school on Monday, the day before their results. During lesson 1 on Monday morning there will be a very important assembly for year 12 pupils, outlining all the arrangements for the forthcoming months, including UCAS arrangements and preparation for year 13. On Wednesday (16 June) year 12 pupils will spend a day at an online conference, enabling them to make virtual visits to various colleges and universities and to find out more about apprenticeships. Pupils will go online from home for the day, so that they can customise their day according to their future plans. Miss Land will release the final information on Monday morning at the assembly. Attendance at the online assembly is essential and Miss Land will release a link in advance in order for everyone to join.
As you know, the disruption to our year 12 pupils’ education this year, and the alternative arrangements for their recent AS exams, mean that year 12 marks do not count at all in year 13. Year 13 lessons start on Monday with our pupils starting with a clean slate. This is a great opportunity for them to prove themselves under the usual exam conditions in summer 2022.
It has been a difficult time for our pupils in exam years and I would like to thank you as parents for attending all our online meetings, as we worked through the latest and ever-changing assessment arrangements. Thank you also for supporting your child, and the school, every step of the way, once again. It’s nearly over …