Helen Amass

Teachers relive their experiences of TAGs


When the 2021 GCSE and A-level exams were cancelled because of Covid, teachers were given the onerous task of grading their own students’ work. They spoke to the Tes features team about their experiences

GCSE results day 2021: teacher-assessed grades

Which three words would you use to sum up the experience of awarding teacher assessed grades (TAGs)? Teachers were asked to do exactly that in a survey undertaken by Ofqual last month, which sought feedback from those who were involved in assessing and grading GCSE and A-level pupils this year.

The survey states: “Please write down up to three words that summarise how you felt about the experience of judging TAGs.”

While a couple of choice expressions might spring to teachers’ minds here, it is likely that they would need far more than three words to adequately convey their experiences.


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