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How can I appeal my GCSE results?

GCSE results day has arrived for another year – but it is far different than any that came before.

Students have received teacher assessed grades after the controversial algorithm was ditched – but if you didn’t get the result you were hoping for, here’s what you need to know about appealing your GCSE results.

First things first, it is wise talk to your school or college to see if they agree with lodging an appeal.

While in a normal year this would result in your paper being rechecked, this year is different as students did not sit exams because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead teacher’s predicted grades will be your results, and if you disagree with what you have been given, you can appeal to Ofqual through your school.

But students can only appeal a GCSE result if they have a valid mock grade higher than their awarded grade.

The deadline to appeal is within 15 days of getting the result.

Because of the unusual nature of this year’s results process, it is unclear how long an appeal will take.

Usually a remark happens with 10 days of the appeal being lodged, but with no papers to actually go over, it is anyone’s guess.

Ofqual are also not sure how many appeals will be lodged, so it is likely the speed will depend on the amount of students who appeal.

The exam regulator also suspended their appeals process over the weekend during the algorithm A-level controversy, but everything is expected to be up and running for GCSE students

If a student does fail a GCSEs, the best first step is to talk to a teacher they trust for some advice.

Both appealing the results and sitting the exams in October are available options if you are disappointed with any of your grades.

It is still possible to reach college or sixth form with a failed grade, but if it is in English or Maths, it is likely you will be asked to re-sit the exam as a condition of your offer while pursuing A-Levels or BTecs.

Important to stress that a failed grade is not the end of the world and can just be a bump in the road for those looking to go further in education or get their first job.

Since no exam was sat, it is also entirely possible that a student may have surpassed their teacher’s prediction.


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