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The Northern Eire exams board has stated there was “no change” in its strategy to awarding examination grades.

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Evaluation (CCEA) stated it could be certain that GCSE, A and AS degree requirements have been maintained.

However it stated colleges may use outcomes from mock exams to attraction in the event that they really feel a pupil’s grade is mistaken.

In England, nevertheless, pupils have been advised their examination grades can be no decrease than their mocks outcomes.

In Scotland outcomes predicted by lecturers alone will now be used to offer pupils their grades.

That’s after a significant U-turn by the Scottish authorities on Tuesday, which deserted a moderation system for grades by the Scottish {Qualifications} Authority (SQA).

In Northern Eire, as exams have been cancelled, grades can be awarded following a 3 stage course of:

  • Academics predicted grades for pupils based mostly on issues like homework, coursework and former examination outcomes
  • Colleges then ranked their pupils in every topic
  • That knowledge then went to CCEA, which moderated it utilizing a variety of proof together with the earlier efficiency of faculties and pupils.

In an announcement made on Tuesday night time after the change in Scotland, CCEA stated grades in Northern Eire would nonetheless be awarded “based mostly on a mixture of instructor skilled judgement and statistical modelling, as directed by the Minister of Training”.

“A key ingredient of the method is to make sure that {qualifications} requirements are maintained this yr,” the physique stated.

“There was no change on this route or our strategy.”

CCEA chief govt Justin Edwards has beforehand stated prime grades at A-level would have risen in 2020 by at the very least 10% if knowledge from colleges alone had been used and never standardised by CCEA.

Nevertheless, Mr Edwards stated they’d permit colleges to make use of mock examination outcomes and a few accomplished models of GCSEs in appeals in the event that they felt a pupil had been given the mistaken grade.

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“This yr, because of the various preparations, it isn’t potential to ask for examination papers to be reviewed as can be regular,” he stated.

“We recognise that there’s sturdy proof obtainable on pupil prior efficiency and that this may very well be thought of inside the appeals course of.

“The chance for colleges and schools to submit mock examination data and accomplished GCSE models supplies a broader scope of proof for attraction.”

CCEA’s determination on appeals was welcomed by the Training Minister Peter Weir.

“I hope that these steps will present reassurance to these college students who’re awaiting their examination outcomes and I wish to thank CCEA for all their work on this difficulty.,” he stated.

CCEA has beforehand stated it could scrap charges for appeals towards outcomes this yr.

Nevertheless, appeals will solely be accepted from colleges and schools and never immediately from pupils.

Although pupils will be capable of ask their college to attraction on their behalf in the event that they assume CCEA has made an error within the technique of awarding them their grade, they can’t attraction simply because they’re sad with the grade their instructor or college predicted for them.