Updated guidance on centre assessment grades for private candidates

Exam boards have today (Thursday 30 April) published further guidance to support Heads of Centre making judgements about private candidates.

Alongside other exam boards, the updated WJEC guidance for Wales sets out alternative sources of evidence a school or college might consider where it does not have sufficient evidence about a learner’s attainment to submit a centre assessment grade and rank order information.  

It also allows for some private candidates to transfer to another centre, ahead of the grading process this summer, if the centre where they had registered decides it cannot submit a centre assessment grade. In this case, some other centres, such as those with experience of working with distance learners, may be able to work with some more of those private candidates who need a grade this summer in order to progress. So that the grading process is fair, the Head of Centre must have the same level of confidence in the grade and rank order position as for all other learners.  

WJEC will expect centres who are willing and approved to work with private candidates in this way to utilise any capacity to prioritise candidates who need to receive a grade to progress this summer.