Claimsmiths launch new service to assist pupils
As a result of the Covid pandemic, the UK Government decided that GCSE, AS and A-Level assessments could not be held fairly this summer. Such assessments were replaced by Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). As stated in Government guidance, “Every student will have the right to appeal their grade”.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has stated “Young people have shown incredible resilience over the last year, continuing with their learning amidst unprecedented challenges while the country battles with this pandemic. Those efforts deserve to be fairly rewarded”.
On Thursday 5 August 2021, Claimsmiths launched a service to assist pupils in navigating A-level and GCSE exam appeals with those results due to be published in England on 10 August and 12 August respectively.
Claimsmiths is made up on dedicated litigators, including a recognised expert in data protection and information rights, who will be able to analyse evidence and apply the relevant law. Our service will assess the available evidence and the school’s processes to determine whether there has been any administrative error or failure to follow its procedure. We will use information rights to gather personal data and other information in order for us to be able to make that assessment. Where errors or failures are found, we will draft a request for a Review. Students have only one opportunity to appeal a teacher assessed grade, and the timeframe in which to do so is tight.
We wish the very best to all students across England and Wales that will be receiving their results. In the event that students are disappointed and believe that their grades have been incorrectly or unfairly assessed, our team can ensure that the decision-making procedures of the schools are thoroughly investigated.