Appeals Policy

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Internal Appeals Policy For External Examinations ¦ Academic year 2015-16

Newman R.C. High School Policy on Appeals is in two parts:

1. Policy on Internal Assessments for External Qualifications.
2. Policy on External Assessments for External Qualifications (referred to as Enquiries about Results, EAR’s).

Policy on Internal Assessments (Coursework or Controlled Assessment) for External Qualifications.

Newman R.C. High School is committed to ensuring that:

  • Internal assessments are conducted by members of the teaching staff who have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills and who have been trained in this area.
  • Assessment evidence provided by candidates is produced and authenticated according to the requirements of the Awarding Body for the subject concerned.
  • The consistency of internal assessment will be maintained by internal moderation and standardisation.
  • All students’’ work being assessed by teaching staff for external qualifications is carried out fairly, consistently and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the specification relating to the qualification.

Note to students

If a student has any concerns about the procedures used in assessing their internally assessed work for public exams, the student should discuss the matter with the Head of Department immediately. Following that, if the matter remains unresolved, the formal Written Appeals Procedure may be used by the student concerned.

The regulations for GCSE, GCE, Entry Level and Project Qualification Coursework Assignments, and GCSE Controlled Assessments state that:

  • “The work you submit for the assessment must be your own”.
  • “You must not copy from someone else or allow another candidate to copy from you”.
  • If you copy the words or ideas of others and don’t show your sources in references and a bibliography, this will be considered as cheating or malpractice”.

Teachers have the right to reject a student’s work on the grounds of malpractice if they have reasons to believe any of the above regulations have been broken.

The student, parent or guardian of a student has the right to appeal against any decisions to reject a candidate’s internally assessed work on grounds of malpractice.

Written Appeals Procedure

The student, parent or guardian of a student wishing to appeal against the procedures used in internal assessment should write to the Examinations Officer as soon as the matter arises. The deadline for the receipt of appeal applications to reach school is ten days prior to the start of the written examination series. Internal appeals will be considered and resolved, by the date of the last externally assessed paper of the series (e.g. by the end of June for the summer series).

On receipt of a written appeal, an enquiry into the internal assessment will be conducted by the Examinations Officer, a member of the Senior Leadership Team and a Head of Department not involved in the internal assessment decision. This enquiry will consider whether the procedures used in the internal assessment conformed to the published requirement of the Awarding Body.

The outcome of the appeal will be reported in writing to the student, parent or guardian (including relevant correspondence with the Awarding Body) before public exam results day for the award.

A written record of the appeal and the outcome will be kept on file at the centre and the Awarding Body will be informed of any amendments.

Policy on External Assessments for External Qualification (referred to as Enquiries about Results – EAR’s)

Any student who wants to query a grade/mark awarded by an Awarding Body upon issue of results should adhere to the following procedure:

  • Contact the Examinations Officer and the subject teacher as soon as possible (but at least 5 working days before the published deadline for EAR’s) in person, to discuss the mark/grade. The examinations Officer will advise on the options available to query the mark/grade, and the costs involved.
  • Students should be aware that EAR’s can result in marks/grades being raised, confirmed or lowered. Students must sign a consent form, to confirm that they understand the consequences of an EAR. Consent forms will be issued by the Examinations Officer.
  • The subject teacher will review the student’s marks/grades and discuss with the Head of Department to agree on appropriate action taking into account the breakdown of marks; the grade boundaries; and the student’s predicted grades.

If the department agrees to support the EAR:

The request, together with the student’s consent form, should be presented to the Examinations Officer before the published deadline for EAR’s. The cost of the enquiry will be met by the departmental budget. If the EAR is successful, the fee will be refunded.

If the Department does NOT agree to support the EAR:

A student may appeal against the decision not to support an EAR. Appeals should be made in writing to the Examinations Officer at least 5 working days before the published deadline for EAR’s. The appeal should state in detail the reason(s) for the appeal. This appeal should be signed, dated and should include a daytime contact telephone number of the student, parent or guardian. The appeal information will be reviewed by the Examinations Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The outcome of the appeal will be communicated by telephone and first-class post within 24 hour of receipt. This decision is final.

If the Centre does not support the EAR, the student may still proceed with the EAR, but all costs involved will be paid by the student at the time the EAR is made. No EAR’s will be made until fees are paid. Requests must be made in person to the Examinations Officer before the published deadline for EAR’s. If the enquiry is successful, the fee will be refunded to the student.

Outcomes following EAR’s will be forwarded by the Examinations Officer to the student as soon as they have been received from the Awarding Body.

* This policy will be kept under review and revised as necessary