When assessment cannot be completed, a unit-level Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is available for units due to be completed between 1 August 2020 and 31 August 2021.
Unit-level TAGs are available to learners certificating this summer and those who are part way through their qualification but who planned to take assessment for some units by 31 August 2021.
Moderation will continue to be available. Centres should continue to deliver teaching and learning for as long as possible, to cover as much of the qualification content as possible since it is important for progression. We encourage you to continue to complete and submit units for moderation, considering a TAG as a last resort when assessment cannot be completed.
Teacher Assessed Grade Process
Identify the units learners were due to complete between 01 August 2020 and 31 August 2021 and assessment cannot be completed.
Review evidence to support your Teacher Assessed Grades – see the guidance document for more details.
The categories of evidence are (updates since first publication are highlighted):
Units already awarded to the candidate (Banked units)
Centre-marked attempts at the live/practice assessments
Formative assessment results. Formative assessment is defined as assessment undertaken to check learning has taken place and assess progress towards the required level.
Any other work which the candidate has completed towards the qualification (such as work they have done in class or at home independently).
Diagnostic tests (tests which determine the level the candidate is performing at) where there is a close match between the skills being tested through the diagnostic test and the OCR unit.
Learner work demonstrating the skills needed for relevant units that has been completed in support of another qualification.
Complete the Candidate submission form with details of your candidates in the request. This replaces your NQF4 candidate submission form for the TAG process.
Complete the Request for Teacher Assessed Grades: Using ICT (Entry 3) form with details of the evidence used to determine the grades
Send the form to your Head of Centre to confirm the details and sign (this may be electronic)
- Email the Request for Teacher Assessed Grades: Using ICT (Entry 3) form, signed by your Head of Centre and the Candidate submission form to VTQ@ocr.org.uk by 15 September 2021.
The results for TAGs will be processed within 21 days. If we have to contact you for further information or to sample learner work, then the turnaround time may be impacted.
Recording your unit TAG decisions and quality assurance
If we ask you to submit work for external quality assurance you must provide us with information on:
- the types of evidence used to determine the TAG (types are listed in the guidance and above)
- if you are using banked evidence to determine TAGs for other units
- if evidence (other than banked evidence) was produced under supervision
- if the learner usually has reasonable adjustments and if they were applied in the evidence used
- when the latest evidence used to determine the TAG was produced
You may record how you evidenced teacher assessed grades using our form or your own version suitable for your centre. It must be in a format that can be reviewed by others and be able to be supplied to OCR in an electronic format (or be able to be supplied as a scanned copy of a paper document) on request.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Can we make more than one submission?
Yes, you can make more than one submission, you will need to make a claim on Interchange and submit the Request for Teacher Assessed Grades: Life and Living Skills form each time. Your final submission should be made to OCR by 15 September 2021
Entries (submission folders)
We do not require submission folders to be submitted with teacher assessed grades but you must have a folder for each candidate submitted through this process. The folder should be retained within your centre with the teacher assessed grade evidence.
If you do not have sufficient submission folders, you can make additional unnamed entries, but do not delay the submission of your teacher assessed grades whilst these are being despatched to your centre by OCR.