This update contains a summary of what you need to do by 15 May 2018 for your students being assessed on GCSE Drama, AS and A Level Drama and Theatre this summer (2018).
We are no longer sending out hard copy OPTEMS forms (optically scanned mark sheets) for you to submit coursework marks. All marks will need to be submitted online via Edexcel Online.
Important: You may need to amend your Edexcel Online access to allow you to submit controlled assessment marks online. To do this your Exams Officer will need to go into your Edexcel Online account and under ‘profiles’ tick the box next to ‘Coursework and Portfolio’. If they also tick the ‘Results’ box you will be able to view your E9 moderator report on results day.
After submitting marks online you should print out a copy of the marks for the moderator and a copy for your own records.
If you have already submitted a mark but it needs to be amended (eg because of an administrative error), please email email@example.com with details of the student and amended point score.
The teacher assessor must select the sample after the internal assessment has taken place to reflect the overall mark range of the cohort. This must include the performance/design realisation and portfolio evidence of all sampled students. This should be selected from a maximum of four groups and must include:
- The highest overall scoring candidate
- The lowest overall scoring candidate
- The work of at least 8 further students with a range of marks between the highest and the lowest scoring candidates.
The sample size is dependent on your cohort size, as follows:
- Cohort 1-10 students: send all students
- Cohort 11-99 students: send 10 students
- Cohort 100-199 students: send 15 students
- Cohort 200+ students: send 20 students
Please refer to the guidance provided in the Administrative Support Guide.
For AS, the sampled candidates will be indicated on Edexcel online - there will be a tick next to the students required for sampling. Centres will be required to submit the chosen sample plus the candidates with the highest and lowest overall mark out of 96. Centres with a cohort of 10 or less candidates must send all work for moderation. Pearson will ask for a sample of the cohort, however your moderator reserves the right to request the work of all candidates.
For A level, the sampled candidates will be indicated via Edexcel Online. However, your moderator reserves the right to request the work of all candidates. For specific details see your examinations officer. Centres will be required to submit the chosen sample plus the candidates with the highest and lowest overall mark out of 80. Centres must send performances and the portfolio evidence for each candidate in the selected sample. Centres with a cohort of 10 or less candidates must send all work for moderation.
Please refer to the guidance provided in the relevant Administrative Support Guide.
The final date for submitting GCSE Drama and AS and A level Drama and Theatre coursework marks and samples of work for the summer 2018 series is 15 May 2018.
This is the date by which you must have submitted your coursework marks to us via Edexcel Online, and have sent your sample of student work to the moderator. Please note that your Exams Officer will have their own internal deadlines.
Where a centre has been affected by circumstances beyond its control, it may, in exceptional cases, be possible for us to grant a short extension. Requests must be sent to the drama assessment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moderators are randomly allocated to centres. You will be able to find out your moderator’s name and address via Edexcel Online.
Your centre will receive a stationery order which will contain envelopes suitable for sending coursework samples to the moderator.
You should not attempt to grade the work. You should be marking the work by applying the marking criteria in a consistent manner.
The controlled assessment grades will be awarded at the end of each examination series using the standard code of practice awarding process.
Grade boundaries are available to download from results day from the grade boundaries page.
While moderating your centre's controlled assessment, the moderator will write an E9 report which will give you detailed feedback on your marking and administration. You or your Exams Officer will be able to download this report on results day.
I hope you have found this update useful. If you have any further questions, please contact me.