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This page contains all the useful information you need regarding the TAG (teacher assessed grades) process which has been used to generate grades this year in place of exams. Please find our policy, the assessment material used by each subject to determine a grade and details of the appeals process.


Y10 Evidence Letter


Y11 Evidence Letter


TAG Policy

As evidenced on this page, MCA did everything within its power to issue all students a fair grade using assessment, moderation and quality assurance processes. However, if a student firmly believes that they have been issued an unfair grade they may request an appeal.


Please consider carefully, in issuing an appeal, three things may happen: your grade may stay the same, your grade may be raised OR your grade may be lowered. If your grade is lowered, this will be your final grade.

If after considering this carefully you still wish to request an appeal the following timeline and process must be followed:

Stage 1 - From results day (August 12th) to 3rd September - Window for students to request a centre review (see below).

Review - From 4th September to 9th September - You will receive the outcome of the centre review

Stage 2 - From 10th September to 15th September - If you are not satisfied with outcome of the appeal MCA will submit an appeal to awarding organisation (see below)

To issue a Centre Review, where MCA will check whether we have followed our policy correctly in issuing your grade, you must download and fill in fully Part A only of the Stage 1 - Centre Review document located below. You should send this to  by 3rd September. Click here for the document.

You will notice there are only two reasons to appeal:

  1. an administrative error was made. For example, we inputted the grade incorrectly

  2. a procedural error was made. For example, we did not follow our policy by not making adjustments for those with access arrangements.

We will contact you with the result of the Centre Review between 4th September and 9th September.

Stage 2

If you are not satisfied with the outcome you may then request an appeal to the awarding organisation. You must again bear in mind that the grade may be lowered by the awarding organisation and this will then be your final grade. To request an appeal to the awarding organisation, you must then download and fully complete the Stage Two – Appeal to Awarding Organisation document below and send this to tagappeals@mca.manchester.sch. by 15th September. Click here for the document.

At this stage, you will see that two further avenues are available for appeal:

  1. That you believe MCA did not select relevant evidence to determine your grade;

  2. The teachers inaccurately determined (graded) this evidence.


You will receive an appeal outcome letter from the awarding organisation which, as well as the outcome will detail your next steps which in this case would be to appeal to the regulator.

Important Information

What may happen to your grade during the centre review and appeals process?

If you request a centre review or an awarding organisation appeal there are three possible outcomes:

  • Your original grade is lowered, so your final grade will be lower than the original grade you received.

  • Your original grade is confirmed, so there is no change to your grade.

  • Your original grade is raised, so your final grade will be higher than the original grade you received.

Once a finding has been made you cannot withdraw your request for a centre review or appeal. If your grade has been lowered you will not be able to revert back to the original grade you received on results day.


What will be checked during a centre review?

You can ask the centre to check whether it made a procedural error, an administrative error, or both. A procedural error means a failure to follow the process set out in the centre policy. An administrative error means an error in recording your grade or submitting your grade to the awarding organisation.

You must request a centre review before you can request an awarding organisation appeal. This is so the awarding organisation is certain that your grade is as the centre intended.

What will be checked during an awarding organisation appeal?

You can ask the awarding organisation to check whether the centre made a procedural error - or whether the awarding organisation itself made an administrative error. You can also ask the awarding organisation to check whether the academic judgement of the centre was unreasonable, either in the selection of evidence or the determination of your grade.

When do I need to submit my request?

You should submit a request for a centre review by 16 August 2021 for a priority appeal, or by 3 September 2021 for non-priority appeals.

Once you have received the outcome of your centre review, if you wish to request an awarding organisation appeal you should do so as soon as possible. Your school or college will submit this on your behalf. Requests for a priority appeal should be submitted by 23 August 2021 and requests for non-priority appeals should be submitted by 17 September 2021. Priority appeals that aren’t submitted to the awarding organisation by 23 August 2021 will still be treated as a priority but they may not be completed in time for those with a higher education place dependent on the outcome of the appeal.

What is a priority appeal?

A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain their firm choice (i.e. the offer they accepted as their first choice) and wish to appeal an A level or other Level 3 qualification result. You should inform your intended higher education provider that you have requested a centre review or appeal.