If a school or college believes a candidate’s GCSE or A level results aren’t right, they send an Enquiry about results to the exam board. If after the enquiry they still think that the results aren’t right, they can appeal against the results. These are the statistics for those appeals for GCSE and A level exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Some inaccuracies in the data had come to light in our publication ‘Appeals for GCSE and A level: Summer 2014 exam series’. The report provides information on the number of appeals made against results for GCSE and A level qualifications in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, other UK regions and overseas during the summer 2014 exam series. The inaccuracies were due to some errors in the data provided by an exam board.
- the report and tables contained within the report: including references and commentary about grades challenged through enquiries and appeals
- table 5 and table 6 in the appendix as well as in the separate Excel file
Some of the inaccuracies also affected 2012 and 2013 summer series publications of Appeals for GCSE and A level.
The corrected version of the data has been reported in the summer 2015 exam series release of the publication on 17 March 2016. The corrected data from 2012 and 2013 has also been reported in this release.
We apologise for any confusion caused as a result.
- the number of appeals rose by 12% in 2014, compared to 2013 (456 compared to 407)
- the increase in appeals is in the context of an 11% increase in GCSE and A level entries
- only 29 appeals progressed to stage 2 in 2014 representing 6% of all appeals made
- in 2014, just over 3% (218) of the 6,283 qualification grades involved in appeals were changed compared to 5,140 qualification grades in 2013, of which just under 3% (142) were changed
- 96% of all appeals were completed within the target timeline of 50 working days, from the initial receipt of the appeal
- there have been changes to the structure of qualifications, for example GCSEs in England are now linear which means that there are limitations on any conclusions that can be drawn about year-on-year changes
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