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Update on Appeals

OFQUAL have published the following guidance and information related to students appealing Centre Assessed Grades:

The regulator has confirmed that pupils will not be able to appeal their Centre Assessed Grades.

A spokesperson for Ofqual said: “The direction we were given from the secretary of state stated that the appeals process should focus on whether the right data was used and applied and that is what we have put in place.”

“As we have previously said, we considered carefully whether to allow students to challenge their teachers’ grading decisions in addition to this.”

“On balance, we decided it would not be in the interests of students or the fairness of the arrangements overall – any appeal would have to be undertaken by someone better placed than a student’s teachers to judge their likely grade if exams had taken place and we don’t believe there is any such person.”

“This means a student cannot appeal because they don’t agree with the centre assessment grade submitted by your school or college. This position has not changed.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there routes of appeal still open?

Schools and colleges can only appeal where there has been an administrative error with the CAG or rank order information. Rank order information was vital to support standardisation, but any change to a student’s position in the rank order would not change the student’s CAG. Changes to awarding of GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths – summer 2020 5 Administrative errors might include, for example, mixing up 2 students with similar names, or accidentally copying across the wrong data, but do not relate to the professional judgements of centres in assigning CAGs.

Centres cannot appeal against the CAG that they decided was correct at the point of submitting it to the exam board, and for which the head of centre submitted a declaration to confirm that in the centre’s judgement this was the grade the students were most likely to have received had the exams gone ahead. If a student is concerned that any reasonable adjustments were not taken into account when their school or college determined their CAG, they should discuss this with their school or college.

Can a student appeal to receive their mock grade?

The decision to issue students the higher of their CAG or their calculated grades means that a route to appeal on the grounds of mock exam results is not available. Mock exam results were part of the evidence schools centre took into account when determining CAGs for their students.


If you believe that you were subject to discrimination or bias in the process of the centre assigning and moderating your grade you can make a complaint directly to the school via the complains policy found on the website.