A E-ACT Insight by Fuzel Choudhury 22 June 2021

As a result of the significant disruption schools have faced over the last year, we know it would be unfair to expect our students to sit exams in the normal way.

While I am sure we can all agree that our priority must be the safety of our children, we are sensitive to the disappointment that many are feeling given the time and effort they have put into preparing for their end of year exams.

It is our priority to ensure our students are awarded the fairest grades, so right now, we are using our time with them to balance teaching with assessment. In line with guidance from Ofqual and our exam boards, we will use a whole range of evidence to make a judgement on students’ grades:

  • Non-exam assessment like coursework or internal assessments, even if not fully completed
  • Work produced in tasks that reflect our exam boards’ specifications, including some classwork, homework, internal tests or mock exams. For example, mini one-hour internal assessments are unseen, abridged versions of papers issued to us by our exam boards
  • Work in books for subjects where there’s no coursework, like maths
  • In some cases, we are conducting student interviews in subjects where some kind of verbal assessment is required. For example, modern and foreign languages

Once a teacher has determined a student’s grades, it will be reviewed by other teachers within the academy as well as our exam boards. Furthermore, all E-ACT academies have been paired with one other academy within the trust so we can cross moderate results for absolute fairness.

We are working closely with our students to ensure they face no disadvantage because of factors that no one could have ever predicted. We appreciate this is a stressful time, but it is important for students to remember that their hard work has not been in vain and that the skills they have learned will be invaluable as they progress onto the next stage of their lives.

Fuzel Choudhury
National Director of Education