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Updated 10 June – TAG Eligibility Rationale Forms

Please complete this form once you have submitted your Eligibility Bookings via Walled Garden.

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Updated 01 July – Key dates for TAG eligibility submissions and results

Please find key dates for eligibility submissions, submissions of TAG results and results release.

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Updated 15 June – Teacher Assessed Grades – system and process guidance

This guidance supports with the process that needs to be completed for each qualification type for Teacher Assessed Grades for ESOL Skills for Life, Functional Skills, Essential Skills Wales and Essential Skills Northern Ireland. It also provides a step-by step approach to submitting your eligibility booking request on Walled Garden and the Eligibility Rationale form (where applicable).

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On Wednesday 24 March 2021, Ofqual published their decisions following the consultation around the arrangements for awarding Vocational, Technical and other General Qualifications for 2020/21 in the new “VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework” (VCRF).

The full document can be found on the government website.

What does this mean for ESOL assessments?

For ESOL the framework outlines the following expectations for awarding these qualifications:

  • Awarding Organisations will continue to make assessments available to learners

These assessments can be delivered as normal, face to face or remotely (please refer to our adaptations guidance).

  • Where a learner is not able to safely access an assessment, either in person in line with public health guidance or, remotely, then the centre can apply for a Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG)

We have developed the process for centres to apply to be able to submit a TAG for a learner where delay is not an option and all opportunities for an exam to be taken either in person or remotely have been exhausted.

Teacher Assessed Grades – guidance

We have developed guidance to support customers that are applying for the option of Teacher Assessed Grades.

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Following our webinar on 9 April where we outlined the assessment arrangements for ESOL Skills for Life for 2021, please find links to a copy of the slide deck used and the recording below:

Watch the recording

Download the slides

If you have any questions, please contact our Functional Skills team as