There has been a raft of news items recently about the uncertainty of what will happen on results day and we have been regular callers to Ofqual and ICO on this, as it is a pressing matter.
As it stands at the moment, taking into account the guidance that has been presented by Ofqual, DfE and ICO, as well as taking into account relevant data protection legislation, any request for the CAG can be met from results day onwards. It will mean you could be in the interesting situation where earlier requests (to be met 5 months after the request or 40 days from the release of the results, whichever is the sooner) are dealt with later than requests on results day (to be dealt with within 1 calendar month). Our suggestion is that you consider any earlier request to be 're-requested' on results day to ensure that any work to prepare materials is done collectively.
The options that have been discussed are:
- to provide CAGs at the same time as the results, possibly stemming requests for "what information was used to calculate it?" and similar questions.
- to provide an option to request the CAG, which will be released a few days later. This has the benefit of not disrupting the results day itself and gives some capacity to manage requests within a reasonable expectation
- to consider each request as a SAR, log it as such and deal with it within the 1 calendar month.
We would always suggest that you keep a track of any changes to, or information released from, Ofqual as they have already provided significant advice to school on how to calculate grades and information to start sharing with candidates. These include a guidance video and associated infographic.
The latest guidance from Ofqual at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-publishes-more-details-on-appeals-and-confirms-autumn-exam-arrangements
This also clearly sets out the expectations on appeals and how they will be undertaken.
The Department for Education has also set out its stance on appeals at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020#appeals-in-2020
Schools and trusts have taken a variety of approaches based on how spread out the information used to generate CAGs has been. Proactively gathering information to a central location in preparation has been time-consuming for some, but maybe a worthwhile investment in resources.
We are continuing to monitor materials coming from ICO, DfE and Ofqual and once a definitive position around sharing rankings and professional opinion has been established we will share it.