Centres are required to have a written internal appeals procedure relating to internal assessment decisions. As part of this procedure, candidates must be told the mark given by their centre for a centre assessed component/unit. This applies to legacy and new GCE and GCSE qualifications and Project qualifications.
This requirement is to enable candidates to request a review of the centre’s marking prior to the marks being submitted to the awarding body, should they wish to do so, and will facilitate the operation of a fair review process.
Centres should use the internal standardisation process to ensure that all teachers are confident in correctly and accurately applying the marking standard. Exemplar material and any guidance provided by the awarding body should be used. This should help to prevent marking errors and avoid candidates requesting a review of the mark awarded by the centre.
Although many consortia, multi-academy trusts etc. are likely to follow common procedures, it is for each centre to determine how a request for a review of marking is managed. The internal deadlines set for marking, internal standardisation arrangements, staffing arrangements and resources will all be influencing factors. Each Subject Department may be given the discretion to apply the requirements in the most practical way.
The Joint Council for Qualifications has produced some frequently asked questions which are set out in the document below. These will help centres in their understanding of this new requirement and also help in the implementation of this policy for the June 2018 examination series and all subsequent series.
First published 01 February 2018