9th January, 2020

Appeals against Internal Assessment

Appeals Procedure Against Internal Assessment Decisions

The Trinity School is committed to ensuring that internal assessments are marked and administered fairly, consistently and in accordance with the awarding body specifications and subject-specific associated documents.

This is ensured by:

  • Subject staff having the necessary and appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills, and training in this activity
  • Subject staff authenticating candidates work according to the requirements of the relevant awarding body
  • A process of internal moderation and standardisation led by nominated staff

An appeal against internal assessment decisions can be made, based on the above not being fulfilled.

All appeals must follow the procedure detailed below.

Note – appeals may only be made against the marking/assessment process not against the mark submitted by the centre for moderation by the awarding body.

  1. Appeals should be made as early as possible and at least two weeks before the end of the last externally assessed paper in the examination series (e.g. the last GCSE written paper in the summer exam series)
  2. Appeals should be made using the internal appeals form completed by the candidate (or parent/carer)
  3. The head of centre will appoint a member of the senior leadership team, who has no involvement in the assessment process for that subject to conduct the investigation
  4. The purpose of the appeal will be to decide whether the process used for the internal assessment conformed to the published requirements as detailed in the awarding body specification(s) and/or 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 changes made to internal assessment procedures
  6. The outcome of the appeal will be made known to the head of centre and will be logged as a complaint. A written record will be kept and made available to the awarding body upon request. Should the appeal bring any significant 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 may lead to mark changes. This process is outside the control of The Trinity School and is not covered by this procedure.

Appeals procedure against centre decisions not to support a review of marking

Following the issue of results, the general qualification awarding bodies offer Post Results Services. Full details of these services, internal deadlines for requesting a service and fees charged will be provided by the exams officer.

The service, Review of Marking, may be requested by centre staff or candidates (or their parents/carers) if there are reasonable grounds for believing there has been an error in marking.

If a query is raised about a particular examination result, the exams officer, teaching staff and head of centre will investigate the feasibility of requesting an enquiry at the centre’s expense.

When The Trinity School does not uphold a request from a candidate, the candidate may pay the appropriate fee, and a request will be made to the awarding body on the candidate’s behalf.

If the candidate (or their parent/carer) believes there are grounds to appeal against the centre’s decision not to support an enquiry, an appeal can be submitted to the centre using the internal appeals form at least one week prior to the internal deadline for submitting a Review of Marking.

Appeals procedure following the outcome of a Review of Marking

Where the head of centre remains dissatisfied after receiving the outcome of a Review of Marking, an appeal will be made to the awarding body, following the guidance in the JCQ publications Post Results Services  and A Guide to the Awarding Bodies’ Appeals Processes.

Where the head of centre is satisfied after receiving the outcome of a Review of Marking, but the internal candidates and/or their parents/carers are not satisfied, they may make a further representation to the head of centre. Following this, the head of centre’s decision as to whether to proceed with an appeal will be based upon the centre’s internal appeals arrangements.  Candidates, parents/carers are not permitted to make direct representations to an awarding body.

The internal appeals form should be completed and submitted to the centre within 10 calendar days of the notification of the outcome of the enquiry. Subject to the head of centre’s decision, this will allow the centre to process the appeal and submit to the awarding body within the required 14 calendar days. Awarding body fees which may be charged for the appeal must be paid by the appellant on submission on the internal appeals form. If the appeal is upheld by the awarding body, this fee will be refunded by the awarding body and repaid to the appellant by the centre.

Next review October 2020

Internal Appeals Form
A Guide to Awarding Bodies’ Appeals Processes