GCSE Grade Awarding 2021

May 4th, 2021

Following the announcement that summer 2021 exams have been cancelled, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) member awarding organisations are working as instructed by DfE and regulators to put their requirements into place for awarding this summer. JCQ have now published their guidance for students and parents for the summer 2021 teacher assessed grade process.

JCQ Guidance for Students and Parents-Summer 2021

JCQ Guidance website (for latest information)

We are publishing here the key documentation that may be of interest to parents and students in preparation.

Notably these include:

Teacher Assessed Grades


What does it mean by Teacher Assessed Grades?

Teachers can use a range of evidence to make a judgement of the grade they are performing at. Students should only be assessed on what they have been taught, ensuring sufficient coverage of the curriculum to enable progression. When determining the grade, teachers should reflect the standard at which the student is performing now, not their potential.

The following documents describes how students will now receive Teacher Assessed Grades per subject:

Art & Photography



Media Studies

Computer Science

MFL – French & Spanish

Computing & ICT

PE – Health & Fitness

Design Technology

Performing Arts


Religious Education & Philosophy



Health & Social Care



More information from OFQUAL on how GCSE qualifications will be awarded.

More information from OFQUAL on how vocational qualifications will be awarded.


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