will be aware of the requirement for them to submit to exam boards Centre
Assessment Grades for all students who were due to sit GCSE exams in the summer
Ofqual released guidance to
schools on this, following which the Equality and Human Rights Commission
published a response.
With this in mind, the EMTAS
Specialist Teacher Advisor team has produced a Position Statement in relation
to how the guidance might be applied to students for whom English is an
Additional Language to give a GCSE Grade that is a fair reflection of the
likely outcome had the student continued their education at school through to
The Position Statement includes
factors to take into account when making judgements about individual students,
particularly those with secure first language skills, prior education in
country of origin and who arrived in the UK more recently (into Key Stage 3 or
4). For such students, progress in acquisition of English would have been
rapid and, in the 2 to 3 months they have missed, might translate into a
grade or two at GCSE in some subjects.
It also covers actions schools
can take, including an analysis of data by ethnicity and by EAL status, before
submitting grades to exam boards.
Schools can contact EMTAS with
any questions and/or for further advice and guidance about this matter.
Download the EMTAS Position Statement by clicking on the document below.