Official Statistics

Malpractice for GCSE and A level: summer 2015 exam series

Ofqual collects the number of incidents of malpractice for GCSE and A level summer exam series in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Malpractice for GCSE and A level: Summer 2015 exam series

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Tables - Malpractice for GCSE and A level: Summer 2015 exam series

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Detail

The main findings are:

  1. There were 2,460 penalties issued to candidates in the summer 2015 exam series, a 4% decrease from last year (2,550 penalties).
  2. Penalties for candidate malpractice remained extremely rare across all five exam boards and represent 0.011% of the total number of entries.
  3. 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.
  4. There were 262 penalties issued to school and college staff in 2015, up 120% on last year when there were 119.
  5. 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.
  6. Of these penalties, 88% were written warnings.

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