Information on how to submit your Teacher Assessed Grades and our approach to assessment for these qualifications
Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) portal submission information – full toolkit below
The deadline for submission of TAGs was 18 June, to guarantee results by week commencing 9 August. However, you can still access TAGs up until 31 August if you do not you’re your results by a specific date.
- Key dates on submission, results, appeals and more
- Top 10 tips and reminders - we understand that there’s a wealth of guidance available on TAG submission, and the volume of information can be overwhelming! To help you find the key information you need quickly and easily, we’ve produced a top 10 tips and reminders for your submissions.
- Simple step by step guide – find out the steps you need to take for graded qualifications, ungraded qualifications and Functional Skills here.
- TAG portal user guide - your staff will already be familiar with the screens in the portal and we have created a comprehensive TAG Portal User Guide to help them navigate this – a copy of which can be found here.
- Demo video - we have also recorded a demonstration video of how to claim TAGs in the portal which is available here.
- Good practice guide for designing and creating centre-based assessment activities for generating TAGs can be downloaded here.
- Use of historic data to support you in making reliable TAG judgments. This year, NCFE has made the last three years of qualification data available to be used as a tool in sense checking this year’s grades against previous data. Centres will not be penalised for submitting differing data thresholds to previous years - it’s normal to expect that the data might differ as different cohorts’ attainment does fluctuate. This tool is purely to support staff in making reliable, confident and robust judgments in assigning TAGs. Accessing the data is simple - for the appropriate page in the portal user guide, please click here.
- Subject specific information – eligibility information for Functional Skills, as well as information on T Levels, V Certs and the new ‘knowledge only’ qualifications for EYE / EYP can be found here.
- Approach to Awarding for 2020-21 document – information on evidence requirements and more.
- TAG judgment webinar – bringing the approach document to life.
Submitting your Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) strategy form – and a revised version of our Quality Assurance policy
TAG strategy form - We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can not make submissions until we have reviewed and approved your centre’s TAG strategy form (found here).
General FAQs on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)
Which qualifications can be awarded through a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) in 2020-21?
Ofqual’s advice is that a TAG can be used to award qualifications that are primarily taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A Levels – including vocational qualifications which are important for progression to further study or employment (Category B1).
Qualifications that are not like GCSE or A Levels in their structure, such as Functional Skills, Skills for Life, will continue remotely. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely (Category B2).
We have reviewed our portfolio of qualifications against the criteria which Ofqual has set out, and produced a list of qualifications which can and can not be awarded through a TAG, which can be found using Ofqual’s qualification explainer tool.
What is a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG)?
A Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is a formal judgement of learner attainment against the requirements of a given assessment, offered by a centre where it has not been possible for a learner to complete the assessment that would usually be required.
Category B1 qualifications
Ofqual’s expectation is that TAGs should be used to award qualifications that are primarily taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A Levels – including vocational qualifications which are important for progression to further study or employment.
Category B2 qualifications
Qualifications that are not like GCSE or A Levels in their structure, such as Functional Skills, Skills for Life, will continue remotely. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely.
Please take a look at the below pages for information specific to V Certs, T Levels or Functional Skills:
- V Cert specific information (synoptic projects)
- T Levels
- Functional Skills (Please note that Functional Skills should continue remotely – see our remote invigilation solution here. They can be awarded through a TAG only where assessments cannot take place on public health grounds or remotely. More information on this eligibility process can be found here.)
- EYE / EYP qualifications – we’re delighted to announce new information on knowledge only options of these qualifications. Read more here.
Good practice guide for designing and creating centre-based assessment activities for generating TAGs
Subject specific information
Subject specific information for Functional Skills, T Levels, V Certs and new knowledge-only EYE / EYP qualifications