Exclusive: New GCSE 2021 grades website problems

Data on WJEC site 'not displaying correctly' on deadline day for entering GCSE and A-level grades. Yesterday, OCR's site crashed

Catherine Lough

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A second exam board has admitted website problems for teachers entering GCSE and A-level grades.

On the deadline day for the grades being submitted, WJEC has said "data is not displaying correctly".

The news follows schools being unable to submit their grades to the OCR exam board yesterday after their results portal crashed, with teachers responding to the issue with frustration on social media.

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Meanwhile, one deputy head raised concerns over the Cambridge International site taking "an age" to scan submitted evidence for viruses.

Teachers have assessed and produced grades for qualifications this year, including GCSEs and A levels, after examinations were cancelled because of the pandemic. Today is the deadline to submit their final teacher-assessed grades to exam boards.

A spokesperson for WJEC Eduqas said: "We can confirm that schools and colleges are able to enter and submit Teacher Assessed Grades onto our Portal system.’

"However, for a small number of centres, the data is not displaying correctly. We can confirm that no data has been lost and we are confident that our centres will be able to submit their grades in line with the deadline."

The spokesperson confirmed that the system was stress-tested in advance.

A spokesperson for OCR said: "We became aware that schools and colleges were unable to submit results to our Grade Submission System around lunchtime yesterday.

"The problem was resolved by the end of the afternoon and all our schools and colleges were able to submit grades. We would like to apologise to our schools and colleges for the inconvenience this may have caused at such a busy time."

 A spokesperson for Cambridge International said: “Our grade submission portal has worked well and our schools around the world have already submitted their grades to us.

"We are aware that a very small number of schools have found uploading files to our quality assurance portal a little slow, and we working with them to resolve it.”



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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

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