A-Level & GCSE Appeals Webinar

2 mins

Posted on 10 Aug 2021

A-Level & GCSE Appeals Webinar

Key legal issues arising from results day for parents, students, schools and teachers

With the disruption to the job market caused by COVID-19, strong academic results are even more important and people with higher grades will be more competitive.

With results day here, Simon Henthorn (Partner) and Amara Ahmad (Senior Associate) look at all of the legal and practical issues involved in appealing A-level and GCSE grades.

This is essential viewing for parents and students where expected or required grades haven't been achieved affecting continuing education, job prospects and future earnings.  

It will also benefit teachers and schools which will gain valuable insight into the appeals process and their role.

In particular the webinar will cover:

  • Teacher Assessed Grades
  • The Appeals Process 
  • Potential Legal Challenges
  • Practical Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid 

Interested in a particular area? Find the answer easily without watching the whole webinar (times are approx)

1. Minutes 0 - 1:00. Intro 

2. Minutes 1 - 2:00. What to do if the grade you get isn't the grade you were expecting?

3. Minutes 2 - 3:00. How the grades have been decided

4. Minutes 3 - 3:40. 1st stage review

5. Minutes 3:40 - 4:40. Can you challenge the school for academic judgement & next steps 

6. Minutes 4:40 - 6:20. Do the parents bring the appeal to the exam board?

7. Minutes 6:20 - 7:40. How do schools manage the appeal process?

8. Minutes 7:40 - 9:00. Why would parents make a subject access request?

9. Minutes 9 - 10:00. If parents make a subject access request are they entitled to receive everything on file?

10. Minutes 10 - 11:20. Can the grades go down as well as up when an appeal is requested?

11. Minutes 11:20 - 12:00.  What is the autumn exam series? 

12. Minutes 12 - 12:40. Resources to help with exam results issues

13. Minutes 12:40 - 14:00. Is it the end of the process when you've heard back from the exam board?

14. Minutes 14:00 - 16:45. For children with special educational needs, what differences are there in the process?

15. Minutes 16:45 - 17:50. Are there an other routes available for people with special educational needs to raise their issues?

16. Minutes 17:50 - 19:00. Is there a time limit on parents for bringing a complaint to the tribunal?

17. Minutes 19:00 - 20:00. Practical tips for parents 

18. Minutes 20:00 - 21:00. Practical tips for schools 

19. Minutes 21:00 - 22:31. Key Takeaways

Key Contacts

Simon Henthorn

Simon is an expert in education and employment law. He has over 15 years’ experience advising schools, colleges, associations and individuals on all aspects of education law, including employment and safeguarding matters.

  • Partner & Head of Education
  • T: +44 (0)20 3696 7172
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Amara Ahmad

Amara is one of the UK’s leading specialist education and children’s law solicitors. An expert in special educational needs (SEND) and safeguarding she works closely with parents, schools, and charities to ensure that children and young people receive the support that they need to reach their potential in education.

  • Senior Associate
  • T: +44 (0)20 7329 9090
  • Email me

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