Ofqual collects the number of incidents of malpractice for GCSE and A level summer exam series in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The main findings are:
- There were 2,460 penalties issued to candidates in the summer 2015 exam series, a 4% decrease from last year (2,550 penalties).
- Penalties for candidate malpractice remained extremely rare across all five exam boards and represent 0.011% of the total number of entries.
- The number of penalties issued to candidates for possessing a mobile phone or other electronic device is down slightly on last year, from 850 to 790.
- There were 262 penalties issued to school and college staff in 2015, up 120% on last year when there were 119.
- There were 288 penalties issued to schools and colleges (rather than specific members of staff in those institutions) which is up 33% from 217 penalties issued last year.
- Of these penalties, 88% were written warnings.
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