It’s GCSE Results Day 2021, and students up and down the country are finally finding out their grades.
Schools have struggled immensely due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to exams being cancelled.
Instead, the A-level and GCSE results in 2021 will be teacher-assessed, meaning they will be using mock exams results, in-class tests and other assignments.
Many will celebrate today after finding out they got the grades needed to head to sixth form or college.
But for others, they might not have received the results they were hoping for.
For people who aren’t happy with their grades, or think their grade might be wrong, there is an appeals process.
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Here is what you need to do.
How to appeal your GCSE results
Students who want to appeal will first need to let their school know, and they will start the process.
This appeals process is mainly to see if there have been any administrative errors when it comes to the grade.
At this point it’s important to note that this could result in your grade being raised – but you also risk it being lowered.
The Department for Education said: “If a student wishes to appeal, centres should undertake an initial process review to check all processes were followed correctly and no errors were made.
“If the school or college finds an error, they can submit a revised grade to the exam board.”
If no admin error was found, you can appeal to the exam board through your school.
However, this next step can only be done if you’ve already gone through the first step with your school.
The Department for Education continued: “If the student still wants to appeal, they will ask their school or college to submit a formal appeal to the exam board for them.
“The exam board will check the centre followed its own processes and exam board requirements as well as reviewing the evidence used to form their judgement and providing a view as to whether the grade awarded was a reasonable exercise of academic judgement.
“If the exam board finds the grade is not reasonable, they will determine the alternative grade and inform the centre.”
If, after both these processes, you still disagree will the decision, you can apply to have your case referred to Ofqual’s Exams Procedure Review Service (EPRS).
The EPRS will investigate to see whether the exam board has made a procedural error, but if they haven’t the decision will still stand.
The deadline for appeals is Friday, September 17 or Monday, August 23 for priority appeals.