Several trends are emerging from the concerns that school leaders have about this summer’s exam grading process. Tom Middlehurst looks at the main sticking points and offers advice and reassurance for secondary school leaders and teachers


In the coming weeks, further guidance and support about this year’s grading process will continue to be released from Department for Education (DfE), Ofqual and the exam boards – including more exemplifications of grading, and long-awaited detailed about the appeals process.

In the meantime, schools and colleges will have submitted their high-level Centre Policy by the end of April and, in some schools, the process of assessment is already beginning.

As school and college leaders have digested the various Ofqual and Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) guidance documents over the Easter break (see further information), several trends are emerging from the on-going concerns that school leaders express to us at the Association of School and College Leaders.

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