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What is a ‘centre assessment grade’?
This is your professional judgement of the grade your student would most likely have achieved if they had sat exams this summer and completed any non-exam assessment. It is based on your good understanding of your own students’ abilities.
What evidence can I look at to help me decide the centre assessment grade for my students?
A balance of the different sources of evidence from over the course of study. You can draw on ‘existing records and available evidence’. The evidence will vary between subjects and for some schools and colleges it may be incomplete but this will include:
- Records of each student’s performance over the course of study, for example progress review data, classwork, bookwork, and/or participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama and PE.
- Performance on any non-exam assessment (NEA), even if this has not been fully completed.
- For re-sitting students, any information about previous grades achieved or NEA marks that would have been carried forward in normal circumstances.
- For A level students who took AS in 2019, their AS results in that subject.
- Performance on any class or homework assessments and mock exams taken over the course of study.
- Tier of entry in tiered GCSE subjects – your centre assessment grades must reflect the tier of entry (9 to 3 for higher tier; 5 to 1 for foundation, as well as U.
- Previous results in your centre in this subject – these will vary but could include prior attainment of the students for example.
- The performance of this year’s students compared to those in previous years.
- Any other information you think is relevant.
Where additional work has been completed after schools and colleges closed on 20 March, Heads of Centre need to be cautious about this evidence as it may not be consistent with a student’s previous work.
What about the non-exam assessment (NEA) my students were doing as schools closed?
A student’s performance on NEA, even if it is not completed, can be part of the body of evidence you consider. Please do not ask your students to complete NEA work now.
You do not need to submit marks for any completed NEA. Your judgement should not be based on NEA alone, as many students achieve higher grades on the NEA than in their exams.
Why can’t my students carry on completing their NEA work?
NEA should not be the only piece of evidence you use. You should balance it with your judgement about the likely achievement in a written exam. You may choose to retain to retain NEA work completed to date so students may consider using it if they enter a subsequent exam series.
What do I do with the evidence I have used?
Keep a record of the grades and rank order you submitted in case we have questions about what you submitted. Please don’t send any evidence to us.
Supporting evidence for centre assessment grades - what should these records contain?
The supporting evidence that centres need to keep will vary both between subjects and between centres.
You should keep evidence that shows the professional judgement you used when grading and rank ordering your students. See our Centre assessment grades - teacher guide for examples of what you could include.
There’s no set format for this evidence, but it must be accessible if needed.
In what situations would OCR ask to see it our supporting evidence?
We may ask to see it as part of our quality assurance processes. We may also need to investigate specific rank orders, for example if the proposed attainment profile is significantly different from that of previous years.
I am finding it hard to make a judgement about the centre assessed grade. Any advice on making this judgement?
You have a good understanding of your students’ performance over the course of study and well placed to judge the likely grade of your students if they had sat an exam this summer.
We know you may have incomplete evidence in some circumstances and your judgement will be based on what’s available to you, so this will be a holistic judgement.
For any students due to complete a Cambridge Technical qualification this summer, we will ask you to provide a centre assessment grade and a rank order for each unit. We will not be asking you for grades or rank orders at qualification level.