Contingency Arrangements – Exams 2022

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

Based upon recently published information on 11/11/21 it is clear that Ofqual and the DfE expect exams to go ahead as planned in 2022. However, to ensure contingency plans are in place schools have been asked to plan and prepare for the possibility of determining grades using a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) approach. 

As a Senior Leadership Team, and with support of our Governing Body we feel it is important that all relevant detail is shared with you and that you are clear as to how this might affect you in due course.

Please note that this information will only become relevant if the scheduled exam series in 2022 cannot go ahead due to further Covid disruption


In this scenario your grades would be awarded based on evidence of performance across the planned PPE series in November 2021 and March 2022.  As a school we have been asked to think carefully about collecting a broad bank of evidence but to make sure that the total assessment evidence used as part of this process does not exceed that produced if you were to sit the actual exam.  

This means that there is potential for parts of either the November 2021 or March 2022 PPE series to be used to produce your TAG and as a result you should ensure you are prepared for each exam in each series and that your performance is at the highest standard possible.

Departments have provided resources and revision materials to support this process and you are encouraged to engage with the PPEs as if they were your final exams.

You will not be given the opportunity to improve or retake PPEs as this would make assessment evidence for TAGs inconsistent and potentially invalid.

Grades from the PPEs will be shared but these grades will not have been quality assured externally and therefore should not be assumed to be your TAG.  It will not be possible for your teachers to determine a final TAG unless examinations are confirmed as cancelled and Ofqual/DfE update their quality assurance procedures.

Reasonable adjustments and access arrangements will be in place for both PPE series and if you requiring extra support this will be provided as it would be during the final examination series.

All evidence from PPEs will be retained in school as part of this process.

This information is being shared as part of the contingency plan, we fully expect exams to carry on as normal this year and will be providing support and guidance as we would in any normal year.

Parents and Carers:

We appreciate that there is a great deal of important information included in the above and we have made every effort to be as clear as possible in our explanation. However, we welcome any queries you may still have following reading this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

In encouraging your child to ensure that he/she engages fully with both PPE series and in particular, we would ask for your support with the following:

  • That his/her attendance to school is guaranteed
  • That he/she prepares fully for both PPE sessions
  • That he/she attends all Whole School Intervention sessions delivered in preparation for PPE’s and as therapy after PPE’s
  • That as Parent and Carers you support school by respecting the clear guidance enclosed explaining that whilst grades achieved in both PPE sessions may be made known they cannot be amended or changed to suit.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S Bowen,

A copy of this information will be sent home with students.

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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.