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Data summary: Appeals for GCSE and GCE summer 2016 exam series

Ofqual has published a statistical release on the number of appeals against results for GCSEs, AS and A levels in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, other UK regions and overseas during the summer 2016 exam series.

Key findings

  • The number of appeals submitted fell by 24% in 2016, compared to 2015 (355 compared to 466). This decrease  is in the context of an overall fall by 5% in the number GCSE and GCE unit entries and a decrease of 25% in the number of reviews of marking, moderation and administrative error (formerly known as enquiries about results) compared to 2015.
  • In 2016, 3% (211) of all grades challenged at appeal (6,649) led to a grade change. In comparison, less than 1% (49) of grades challenged were changed in 2015. This increase is in part due to a pilot in 2016 in three GCE subjects (geography, physics and religious studies) to test new grounds for appeals, such that appeals may be submitted on grounds of marking error in these 3 subjects.
  • Twenty-nine appeals progressed to stage 2 in 2016. This represents 8% of all appeals submitted.
  • All stage 1 appeals and around 34% of all stage 2 appeals were completed within 50 working days from the initial receipt of the appeal.

About the data:

  • The full statistical release presents data on the two stage process for appeals put in place by the exam boards – stage 1 (a review by a senior member of the exam board), and stage 2 (a presentation of the case to an appeals panel).
  • Data was collected for AS and A level separately for the first time in 2016. However, as in previous years, it has been reported jointly as GCE in this publication to allow comparisons with previous years.
You can read the full analysis here.
Page Published: 27/03/2017