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FAQs

How are the TAGs assessed?

TAGs are evidence based and must be based on objective assessment. There is guidance on the specific qualification groups minimum evidential threshold found in the Category B qualification groups pages. The learner must meet at least the minimum evidential threshold to be eligible for the TAG grade to be awarded. (FAQ00098)
 

How are TAGs quality assured?

As with normal verification, all claims will be subject to external verification (or Direct claims verification through the Approved Internal Verifier). You should arrange your EV activity as normal and the sample of learners requested for verification will be confirmed once you have uploaded your claims to the portal. (FAQ00097)

Do I need to do anything extra for TAG claims?

Yes, additional paperwork is required for TAG claims, you can find links to these in the resources section. You should provide the Evidence Checklist (this outlines what evidence there is and how the minimum evidence is established), IQA data analysis (a check by the IQA that the claim is not an anomaly claim) and the Head of Centre Declaration. Please also review the Role of the assessor, IQA and AIV to ensure you have covered the required checks on the learner evidence. (FAQ00096)
 

What does the IQA need to do for TAG claims?

Please review the role of the IQA document, this outlines the process. There is an updated IV of assessment decisions form to support the additional checks. You should use this to ensure you have covered the additional checks. (FAQ00095)

When will we get our results?

Exam/UCAS based qualifications will be available for the A’Level results day in August. All other qualifications are being certificated and processed within AIMs normal service standards. (FAQ00094)

When is the deadline for claiming TAGS?

All eracs must be uploaded by 31st August to be eligible for TAGS. All examined assessments or UCAS claims have already been received. (FAQ00093)

How do I arrange EV for the TAG grades?

Please complete a booking request here and the team will be in touch to confirm when we have availability. (FAQ00099)

Will my learners get calculated grades this summer?

Calculated grades were part of the ERF framework for summer 2020. They do not exist under the VCRF framework. 

There is an outline of the qualfiication groupings on the VCRF page .

If your qualification has been grouped into category B then there is some eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has it’s own minimum requirements which are being uploaded to this website throughout March.

Category A qualifications do not have any eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades and should be evidenced as per the adaptation guidance on the website.

We would recommend that learners are being offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this. (FAQ00073)

Can I change my components to ones which are less practical?

You must check the qualification handbook to be sure the new choice is within the rules of combination.
You do not need approval to switch optional units but is certainly good practice to discuss this with your Internal Verifier, you can also arrange an interim EV to check plans.

Remember, your internal verifier must approve any tasks prior to use so a change in component will require new tasks to be agreed by the internal verifier.

You will need to do a Course Amendment Form (found in centre handbooks and forms on the website) and send to enquiries@aim-group.org.uk so your e-RAC can be updated. (Do this now rather than leaving it to when you are claiming – it will slow down your claim at that point). (FAQ00074)

I haven’t registered my learners, will they be eligible?

Yes, the VCRF has provision in place to allow mitigation to learners who have not yet been registered. They must show as being on programme during the 2020-21 academic year.
Please register your learners as soon as possible to ensure that you are included on communications about those qualifications. (FAQ00075)

What is a TAG (teacher assessed grade)?

A Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is the Ofqual terminology for a grade awarded using teacher judgement instead of the usual fully completed evidence produced by a learner.
A TAG would take into account evidence already produced, alternative assessment and holistic assessment to inform a reasonable judgement as to whether that learner would have completed the assessment in full had they not been impacted by COVID closures. (FAQ00086)

How do I claim TAGs

TAGs are claimed through your EV activity. You should review the minimum evidential threshold for your qualification group (found in the subject specific pages here (Please ensure you complete the eRACs marking as TAG and complete the additional documentation to support this. There is guidance here explaining how to claim a Teacher Assessed Grade through EV. (FAQ00083)

Will I use the same eRACs for TAGs again?

TAGs are claimed through the eRACs again. Videos are available to help you complete an eRAC here. (FAQ00084)

Can I claim TAGS under DCS? 

There is guidance here explaining how to claim a Teacher Assessed Grade through DCS. You must have undertaken the DCS update session to be allowed to continue with a TAG through DCS. (FAQ00085) 

We have our remaining level 2 Design Apprenticeship learners completing soon. Is there any new guidance on how we assess these learners please in light of the pandemic? 

The Design apprenticeship qualifications have been grouped into Category A. This means there will not be eligiblity for teacher assessed grades (TAGs) but adaptations can be applied to the assessment.

Further guidance on the available adaptations are found in the Category A subject pages (Creative). (FAQ00076)

We have students currently completing the Level 1 Extended Certificate in Personal and Social Development Skills. They are now struggling to complete some of the units due to not being in school. Is there any guidance on what will be put in place to help students complete the courses, or if Cag's would be awarded like for GCSE and A-level.

Level 1 Personal and Social Development Skills qualifications are in category B therefore there is some eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has its own minimum requirements. These will be uploaded to the website throughout March.

We would recommend that learners are being offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this.

You should be continuing to expect learners to complete as much assessment as is possible.

Guidance for Foundation qualifications in Category B is found here(FAQ00078)

We would like to change our unit choice on the Pre-Access qualification due to covid (observation assessment method not suitable) 

You must check the qualification handbook to be sure the new choice is within the rules of combination.
You do not need approval to switch optional units but is certainly good practice to discuss this with your Internal Verifier, you can also arrange an interim EV to check plans. Your internal verifier must approve any tasks prior to use so a change in component will require new tasks to be agreed by the internal verifier.

You will need to complete a Course Amendment Form and send to enquiries@aim-group.org.uk so your e-RAC can be updated. (Do this now rather than leaving it to when you are claiming – it will slow down your claim at that point).

There are no adaptations for pre-access because it is heavily theory based already. These qualifications are in category B therefore TAGs are available where a learner is not able to access the assessments set. (FAQ00079)

Where an AIMVOC component requires learners to complete practical tasks in a work related environment related to the job sector: 
a) What are the alternatives to assessing these standards?
b) With the pandemic at the moment it is very difficult to get work experience at the moment 

Further guidance on the available adaptations and mitigations are found in the Category B subject pages (Foundation).

We would anticipate the work experience being mitigated for in the form of a Teacher Assessed Grade. (FAQ00080)

Do you have any further guidance for AIMVOCs as to whether you are requiring TAGs or expecting them to carry on assessing as normal?

AIMVOC qualifications are in category B therefore there is some eligibility for TAGs. This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has its own minimum requirements which will be uploaded to the website throughout March.

We would recommend that learners be offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this. 

You should be continuing to expect learners to complete as much assessment as is possible

Please review the VCRF Category B pages for guidance on how to claim your TAGS. (FAQ00081)