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News - 12 December 2014

Steep rise in GCSE and A-level grades being changed

According to official data from Ofqual, a total of 77,400 grades were changed for the summer 2014 exam series across England, Wales and Northern Ireland - up from 54,400 in 2013.

A rise of 42%

However, Ofqual did say that changes to the exam system mean direct year-on-year comparison is difficult. In particular, changes to the rules on early entries and resits resulted in a large rise in the number of entries for summer exams this year.

There were 451,000 individual inquiries about results, up from 304,400 in 2013, a rise of 48%. But Ofqual says part of this can be explained by the overall increase in the total number of entries for the summer exams, with more than 22 million entries, an 11% increase on the previous year.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“There were 292,350 GCSE qualification results challenged, resulting in 53,850 being up-graded and 400 going down. At A-level, 122,500 results were challenged, with 22,550 going up after a re-mark and 600 down.”

General secretary of The Association of School and College Leaders, Brian Lightman describes these as "staggering figures".
"Schools need to be able to trust the marks given to students.”

Ofqual say the data suggests serious errors "are relatively rare" but admits the rising number of inquiries from schools and colleges shows they have significant concerns.

The Department for Education said it was working closely with Ofqual and the exam boards to ensure they were taking the necessary steps to improve marking quality.


If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net

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