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Education Barrister on ITV Tyne Tees Discussing How to Appeal A Level & GCSE Results


Following her recent webinar providing an overview of the appeal arrangements for A level, AS and GCSE grading in England for Summer 2020, Trinity Education and Discrimination barrister Helen Hogben has been invited to comment on ITV Tyne Tees. The interview is due to be aired on 14th August 2020.

The webinar was recorded before the Government announced that students will be able to rely on mock exam results if they are unhappy with their A level grades. Helen delivered the webinar in anticipation of results day, and is aimed at parents, students and their advisers concerned about the potential impact of COVID 19 Regulations and the results grading process.

Since the recording of the webinar Ofqual has indicated that full details of the appeals process will not be available until the week commencing 17 August 2020 and are working urgently to "operationalise" the appeals process. Once these details are published, Trinity Chambers will provide further updates setting out the available options in terms of any challenges to the process and outcomes.

A recording of Helen's session is below and covers:

  • How results are calculated
  • School appeals against exam board decisions
  • Challenging school errors in respect of grade/rank
  • Bias, discrimination and malpractice

In the webinar, Helen refers to the following useful resources:

Student Guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints

Extraordinary regulatory framework: General Qualifications, Covid19 Conditions and Requirements (Ofqual, 11 June 2020)

Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A Level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in Maths - Guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers (Ofqual, July 2020)

Extraordinary regulatory framework : General Qualifications, Covid 19 Guidance (Ofqual, August 2020)

Please note that the content of the webinar is for information only and based on the circumstances at the time of delivery, rather than formal legal advice. Please get in touch with Trinity Chambers if you have a specific legal query. 

The clerking team are operating a full service and can be contacted at civilclerks@trinitychambers.co.uk or by telephone on 0191 232 1927. 

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