How to Handle GCSE Results Day by Parenting Expert Sue Atkins

Dates and times for GCSE results day 2017

  • Results will be available on Thursday 24th August 2017.
  • Students will be able to collect their results from their school or college in the morning. Please check with your school to find out about timings.
  • Those who are unable to collect their results in person can request to receive them via post.

    Top tips for getting your GCSE results

    If you are going to school to collect your results, there are a few things that you will need to bring with you. These are:

    • Mobile phone
    • Pen/pencil
    • Notepad/writing paper
    • Tissues
    • Money
    • College/sixth form paperwork

    If you encounter any problems on the day, your teachers will be available to help you.

    All schools will use a system called ‘Progress 8’ to judge how well the school has performed. For details of how this works, download this Tes poster

    GCSE results day FAQs

    How do I apply for a GCSE re-mark?

    All applications for a GCSE re-mark should be made via your school or college, (unless you are home-schooled). If you think that your result might be wrong you should speak to a teacher as soon as possible and they can submit an “enquiry about results” (EAR) to the relevant exam board.

    Do different exam boards have different rules for re-marking?

    No. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) sets the rules for all exam boards regarding the administration of re-marking. There are three different EARs available – a basic clerical check to ensure every question has been marked, a review of the original marking by a senior examiner, and a third service (usually applicable to coursework), which reviews the original marking and makes sure it was “fair and appropriate”.

    What do exam boards charge? 

    Exam boards often show on their websites, what services they charge for when a request for a review is issued. This is taken from the AQA website:

    Access to scripts: we always charge for these requests.

    Review of moderation: we do not charge if your centre marks are re-instated. In all other cases, we will charge the full re-moderation fee whether or not grades or marks change.

    Review of marking of linear subjects: if the grade changes we don’t charge.

    Review of marking of modular subjects (including 100 per cent terminal GCSEs).

    If the award grade changes, we don’t charge for any of the re-marked units.

    If the award grade stays the same (or the candidate did not aggregate), we don’t charge for re-marked units whose unit grades changed.

    Extended reviews: if we decide to re-mark your whole class, we will not charge for these reviews, nor for the initial sample submitted for review.

    Appeals: we will not charge if you win your appeal at either stage 1 or stage 2.

    What happens if I need to retake an exam?

    Some GCSE exam re-sits will take place in November 2017 but it is always best to check with your school for exact resit options for your specific subject as these will differ between examining bodies.

    Keep up to date with all the latest GCSE news, views and analysis on TES GCSE hub. 

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