Guidance for Exams Officers on submitting endorsements for summer 2021 can be found here.
Do we need to submit the OCR Head of Centre NEA declaration covering A Level Science practical activities and GCSE Spoken language?
Yes, please complete and return the OCR Head of Centre NEA declaration to us by 18 June.
Can we share the endorsement grades with students?
Yes, the endorsement grade can be shared with students before grades are submitted.
GCSE English Spoken Language Endorsements
For 2021, centres should determine and submit a separate grade for the Spoken Language endorsement in GCSE English Language. This grade should be based on work that has been completed towards the endorsement during the course. This could include work such as class discussions, debates and presentations which show that students have demonstrated the same kind and level of skills as assessed in the endorsement i.e. sustained speech in front of an audience (here, the audience can be the teacher) and responding to questions.
If you have already run the Spoken Language endorsement you can use the videos and notes on the students’ performances as evidence.
If you have no evidence of students’ spoken language skills to base your endorsement grades on, and you are unable to obtain this evidence, a ‘Not Classified’ grade should be submitted for these students.
Do I need to submit video evidence for Spoken Language this summer?
No, you do not need to submit video evidence for monitoring. Monitoring of Spoken Language will not be taking place this summer but please keep any videos securely within your centre as evidence to justify your Spoken Language grades.
You will not need to submit evidence for the Spoken Language endorsement as part of this summer’s quality assurance process.
How do I submit my students’ Spoken Language endorsement grades for this summer?
You should submit your centre’s Spoken Language endorsement grades in the usual way using Interchange or EDI. Please submit these by 18 June 2021.
A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology Practical Endorsements
My centre hasn’t been monitored during the current monitoring cycle (September 2019-June 2021). Does this mean our students can’t get the Practical Endorsement?
You should still submit a Practical Endorsement result for all of your students. This should be based on the evidence you have from student practical work throughout the A Level course. If you did not receive a monitoring visit during 2019-20, and have not received or been contacted about remote monitoring this academic year, you should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My centre failed monitoring this year and has not yet been monitored again. Does this mean our students can’t get the Practical Endorsement?
You should still submit a Practical Endorsement result for all of your students. Remote monitoring is ongoing this year, so any outstanding monitoring should still be completed by the end of the academic year.
My students didn’t complete the minimum 12 practical activities before our centre closed for lockdown. Can they still get the Practical Endorsement?
The modifications made to the Practical Endorsement requirements earlier in the academic year allow you to award the Practical Endorsement even if they haven’t completed the usual minimum of 12 practical activities, as long as they have met the 1.2.1 Practical Skills criteria and the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC). Students should ideally have demonstrated competence at least once for each CPAC statement. However, students whose pattern of practical work over the two-year A level indicates that they were clearly on course to demonstrate competence may also be awarded a Pass.
If students have completed very limited or no practical work at the point when Practical Endorsement results are submitted, there will be no evidence to base Practical Endorsement judgements on. A ‘Not Classified’ result should be submitted for these students.
My students haven’t completed any practical work yet. Can they still get the Practical Endorsement?
In cases where students were yet to complete any practical work, there will be no evidence to base Practical Endorsement judgements on. A ‘Not Classified’ result should be submitted for these students, unless you are able to complete sufficient practical work with them before the submission of Practical Endorsement grades.
How do I submit Practical Endorsement results this year?
You should submit your centre’s Practical Endorsement results in the usual way using Interchange or EDI. Please submit these by 18 June 2021.
You will not need to submit evidence for the Practical Endorsement as part of this summer’s quality assurance process.