What is this survey about?
In England, many teachers, tutors and members of staff in schools, colleges and training providers have been involved in providing Centre Assessment Grades and other information as a result of the cancellation of examinations and assessments this year.
Now that the Centre Assessment Grades have been submitted to exam boards and awarding organisations, Ofqual wants to understand the professional perspectives of those who have been involved in this important process. This understanding will be invaluable for us to understand from a research perspective how the process worked, how your expert judgement was exercised, and the experience of those involved including any challenges faced. It would also inform future practice in the event that anything similar was required again.
We will publish our findings later in the year. The information you give will not influence any standardisation or quality assurance measures taken by awarding organisations, and we will not identify individuals or centres in any way - the survey does not require you to give this information.
Who is this survey for?
This survey is designed to capture the perspectives of teaching professionals at all levels of seniority, who were involved in generating the submissions to awarding organisations and exam boards, for both General Qualifications (GCSE, AS, A level) and Vocational and Technical Qualifications, provided you have already submitted
your Centre Assessment Grades. This includes:
How long will this take?
- heads of centres (or other nominated member of the senior leadership team) who signed centre declaration forms to support the submissions
- heads of department or other senior teachers who put together the submissions at qualification level and may have led the decision making around how to combine grades across multiple classes
- class teachers and tutors who may have generated Centre Assessment Grades for individual students in the classes they taught
Depending on the number of aspects of generating and assuring Centre Assessment Grades you were involved in, the survey will likely take 10-15 minutes.
If you were involved in many aspects and want to give fuller answers, it may take up to 30 minutes.
The survey is mostly made up of closed response/multiple selection questions, although there are a few places to tell us more in your own words.
How will my responses be treated?
Before you start, we would like to assure you that your answers will be treated in strict confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It will not be possible to identify any individual in the results. The information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of research and to help us regulate more effectively.
If you have any questions about this survey please contact us at CAGsurvey@ofqual.gov.uk
The deadline for responses is midnight on Saturday 1st August. Thank you for your time.