Appeals Against Internally Assessed Marks (GCSE controlled assessments and GCE coursework units)

September 1, 2015

Ashbourne is committed to ensuring that whenever its staff mark candidates controlled assessment/coursework this is done fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.

Candidates’ work will be marked by staff who have appropriate knowledge, understanding and skill, and who have been trained in this activity. Ashbourne is committed to ensuring that work produced by candidates is authenticated in line with the requirements of the awarding body. Where a number of subject teachers are involved in marking candidates’ work, internal moderation and standardization will ensure consistency of marking.

If a candidate believes that this may not have happened in relation to his/her work, he/she may make use of this appeals procedure.

N.B an appeal may only be made against the assessment process and not against the mark submitted to the awarding body.

    1. Appeals should be made as early as possible, and no later 31st May.
    2. Appeals must be made in writing to the examination officer.
    3. The head of centre will appoint a senior member of staff (usually the Director of Studies), to conduct the investigation. The senior member of staff will not have any involvement in the internal assessment process for that subject.
    4. The purpose of the appeal will be to decide whether the process used for internal assessment conformed to the awarding body’s specification and subject-specific associated documents.
    5. The appellant will be informed in writing of the outcome of the appeal, including any relevant correspondence with the awarding body, and any change made to internal assessment procedures.
    6. The outcome of the appeal will be made known to the Headteacher and will be logged as a complaint. A written record will be made available to the awarding body upon request. Should the appeal bring any irregularity in procedures to light, the awarding body will be informed.

After candidates’ work has been internally assessed, it is moderated by the awarding body to ensure consistency in marking between centres. The moderation process may lead to mark changes. This process is outside the control of Ashbourne and is not covered by this procedure.

Authorised by The Principal
Date September 2015
Effective date of the policy September 2015
Circulation Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request
Review date September 2016