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Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Following on from the publication of the Ofqual consultation and advice on the assessmentand grading of vocational, technical and other general qualifications, we have produced thisdocument to summarise our proposal for Pearson qualifications, which are in scope.This will help you to consider what this could mean for your centre and learners.Summary of changesChanges made in document dated 12th May 2020: We are now proposing Foundation Learning (which includes BTEC Entry Level (E1, E2,E3), BTEC Level 1 Introductory (2016) PSD, Workskills (Levels 1 - 2), Life Skills) follows acalculated results approach (instead of adapted assessment approach). See page 4 forfurther information, including about remote verification to support this. We have added "Level 1 (QCF 2010)" to the table on page 4, which had been omitted inthe previous version. We have removed reference to a proposal to ask centres for centre assessment gradesat qualification level for the main BTEC suites (page 4). Instead the proposal is to ask foractual and centre assessment grades for internal units, and a single rank.Additional changes in this document: Following the outcome of Ofqual’s consultation, we’ve removed the term ‘Proposedapproach’ and confirm that our approach is in line the consultation outcomes. 2We’ve added information to the Additional information section (pages 8-9) to includeguidance on equalities and objectivity and links to further information.Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020ContentsPage 4Page 5Page 6Page 7Page 83 BTEC Nationals* (Level 3) BTEC Firsts (Levels 1- 2) BTEC Technicals* (Levels 2-3) BTEC Tech Awards (Levels 1-2) Foundation Learning:o BTEC Entry Level (E1, E2, E3)o BTEC Level 1 Introductory (2016, QCF 2010)o PSD, Workskills (Levels 1 - 2)o Life Skills Functional Skills BTEC Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design (FAD) (Levels 3-4) BTEC HNC/HND (Levels 4-5) BTEC Specialist (Levels 1-3) BTEC Professional (Levels 4-6) CiDA (Levels 1-2) DiDA (Levels 1-2) Edexcel Awards in Maths (Levels 1-3) Core Maths (Level 3) ESOL Skills Competency-based qualifications (e.g. those that form part of anapprenticeship) Onscreen and paper based tests for BTECSpecialist/Professional/Customised/Licence to PractiseQualifications and End Point Assessment (EPA) Additional information and supportLast updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Qualification suiteBTEC Nationals* (Level 3)BTEC Firsts (Levels 1- 2)BTEC Technicals* (Levels 2-3)BTEC Tech Awards (Levels 1-2)Foundation Learning:o BTEC Entry Level (E1, E2, E3),o BTEC Level 1 Introductory (2016,QCF 2010)o PSD, Workskills (Levels 1 - 2)o Life SkillsOverview of approach for learners due to complete anyassessments between 20 March and 31 July 2020Calculated result approach: centres have already been asked toprovide unit grades for internally assessed completed units. Inaddition to this, we will be asking for centre assessment grades,based on the most likely grade that learners would haveachieved, for incomplete internally assessed units that were dueto be completed during March-July and an overall qualificationrank order of learners.We will provide guidance and support on the calculation processduring the first two weeks of May.We will not be asking for centres to provide any externallyassessed grades for these qualifications, instead we will look tocalculate external assessment results (where learners haveentries or test bookings) based on available data and the rankorder provided.Pearson will then conduct checks and statistical standardisationof the grades submitted.For qualifications in the ‘Foundation Learning’ suite, please notethat an aspect of remote sampling will be required as part of themitigation for these qualifications.*Please note that this excludes some Dental/Childcare/Sport unitsor qualifications, where a licence to practise element is involvedand assessment will need to be adapted or delayed.4Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Qualification suiteFunctional SkillsOverview of approach for learners due to complete anyassessments between 20 March and 31 July 2020Calculated result approach: centres will be asked to makeentries for Level 1 and 2 assessments within a window andprovide centre assessment grades for each assessment, basedon the most likely grade that learners would have achieved.For all Entry Level Functional Skills qualifications and Level 1/2Speaking and Listening, centres will be able to make claims,based on the most likely grade that learners would haveachieved and will need to ensure there is appropriate evidenceto support claims.We will provide guidance and support on the Pearsoncalculation process during the first two weeks of May.BTEC Foundation Diplomasin Art and Design (FAD)(Levels 3-4)BTEC HNC/HND (Levels 4-5)Teaching and assessment should continue remotely as far aspossible. Guidance will be made available to centres to supportwith continued delivery and assessment and include support onadaptations if required. Where students have been unable tocomplete their final major project, specific guidance will beprovided to support centres with a calculated result approach.External Examination will continue remotely in June.Guidance is available to all centres on how they can delivertheir internally verified assessments to enable teaching tocontinue, where practicable. A *calculated result approach willbe taken where it is not possible for units to be completed. Weexpect to provide guidance on the process for reaching andinputting centre assessment unit grades in mid-May. Centreswill not be required to rank HN students.* Please note we will provide advice on any units that areunsuitable for calculation.5Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Qualification suiteBTEC Specialist (Levels 1-3)Overview of approach for learners due tocomplete any assessments between 20 March and31 July 2020For Specialist qualifications which form part of anApprenticeship an adapted assessment approach willbe used in order to confirm grades. However, for anystand alone qualifications, a calculated result approachmay be appropriate.This does not apply to qualifications withonscreen/paper-based tests, where you should see theinformation at the bottom of the table instead.BTEC Professional (Levels 4-6)Adapted assessment approach: we will be looking toadapt assessment where possible to support learnersdue to complete this July.This does not apply to qualifications withonscreen/paper-based tests, where you should see theinformation at the bottom of the table instead.CiDA (Levels 1-2)DiDA (Levels 1-2)6Calculated result approach: centres will be asked toprovide centre assessment grades at qualification level,based on the most likely grade that candidates wouldhave achieved in the exam(s) and the internallyassessed units (coursework). Results will be issued tocandidates following statistical standardisation of thesecentre assessment grades.Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Qualification suiteOverview of approach for learners due tocomplete any assessments between 20 March and31 July 2020Edexcel Awards in Maths(Levels 1-3)Calculated result approach: centres will be asked toprovide centre assessment grades at qualification level,based on the most likely grade that candidates wouldhave achieved in the exams. Results will be issued tocandidates following statistical standardisation of thesecentre assessed grades.Core Maths (Level 3)ESOL Skills for LifeCalculated result approach: centres will be asked to putforward results for completed units and centreassessment grades for those due to be completed. Theywill be able to make claims, based on the most likelygrade that learners would have achieved, but will needto ensure there is appropriate evidence to supportclaims and retain this.We will provide guidance and support on the Pearsoncalculation process during the first two weeks of May.Competency-based qualifications (e.g.those that form part of an apprenticeship)7Competency-based qualifications and qualifications thatform part of an Apprenticeship will continue to bedelivered and assessed remotely where possible. Forlearners due to complete this July, adapted assessmentcan be used to support this. Where it is not safe to doso, assessment may need to be delayed. Further sectorguidance will follow to support centres. Remotesampling will continue where required.Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Onscreen and paper based tests forBTEC Specialist/Professional/Customised/Licence to PractiseQualifications and End PointAssessment (EPA)EPAs and customised qualifications are not in scope ofthe consultation.We are exploring the use of remote proctoring for thiswhole group of qualifications and assessments whereappropriate, but may need to delay assessment as a lastresort in some cases.Additional information about the generation of calculated resultsPlease note where we are proposing to request centre assessment grades for the purposesof issuing calculated results to learners, we will also be taking into account a range of otherevidence we have, for example, any banked component data for units learners havecompleted and historical performance at both centre and overall level, before awarding aPearson calculated and quality checked result. This process may involve some centreassessment grades being adjusted.It is important that when forming any judgment on a Centre Assessment Grade for a learnera centre should consider any reasonable adjustment to mitigate any adverse impact of theCentre Assessment Grade process. We are committed to ensuring that all learners aretreated fairly through these mitigating measures, and we acknowledge that centres will bebest placed to accommodate this within their Centre Assessment Grade judgements.As Ofqual has advised, "centres should use their professional experience to make a fair andobjective judgement of the grade they believe a learner would have achieved had teachingand learning continued as normal and they were able to complete their assessments. Forlearners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), or other vulnerablelearners, we propose centres should make their judgement assuming learners hadcontinued to receive any usual additional learning support and had any agreed reasonableadjustments in place.”Centres will be aware of any reasonable adjustments in place for learners and CentreAssessment Grades should be made on the basis that reasonable adjustments would havebeen in place should assessment have taken place. Protected characteristics should also beconsidered as part of this. Similarly, centres should also take into account any specialconsideration which may have impacted upon a learner’s achievement in previouswork/assessments if this is used as a basis for a Centre Assessment Grade.8Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020In its published outcomes, Ofqual has recognised the importance of ensuring non-bias inCentre Assessment Grades during this time and has provided additional guidance toAwarding Organisations and Heads of Centres to support this. If you need support orguidance please do contact our sector specialists, whose details are here.We continue to work closely with Ofqual and other Awarding Organisations, as well as otherrelevant stakeholders on the approach for awarding results this summer.Further guidance is available on each of the qualification suites as follows: 9BTEC Firsts/Tech Awards/Technicals/Nationals/Foundation Learning guide to centreassessment grades and rankingBTEC Higher NationalsFunctional SkillsCompetency and apprenticeship-related qualificationsLast updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020Additional supportWe are encouraging and supporting continued learning at home during this time, so whenlearners return to school or college, progress to HE, an apprenticeship, or work, they havethe knowledge and skills they need to continue with confidence. We also recognise thebenefits that learning and a structured day have on general health and wellbeing and wewant to make sure that we are doing everything we can to best support you and yourlearners at this time.Where a Pearson calculated result is anticipated to be issued, we have released additionalguidance confirming there is no expectation or requirement to complete formal assessmentduring this time (from 20 March).If you have feedback on our proposal for Pearson qualifications which fall into the scope ofthe consultation you can contact us here.10Last updated 26 May 2020
Pearson’s approach to awarding results in Summer 2020 Last updated 26 May 2020 Contents. Page 4 BTEC Nationals* (Level 3) BTEC Firsts (Levels 1- 2) BTEC Technicals* (Levels 2-3) BTEC Tech Awards (Levels 1-2) Foundation Learning: o BTEC Entry Level (E1, E2, E3) o
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