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Malpractice in GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

Number of incidents of malpractice for GCSE, AS and A level in the summer exam series.

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Malpractice in GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

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Background Information for Malpractice for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

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Data tables for Malpractice for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

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Details

The main trends for malpractice in GCSE, AS and A level for the summer 2018 exam series were:

  1. Number of penalties issued to students remains stable: 2,735 penalties were issued to students in 2018, similar to the number of penalties in 2017 (2,740), and representing 0.02% of entries.
  2. Mobile phones accounted for 47% of all student penalties (1,295 penalties in 2018, compared with 1,060 in 2017).
  3. Number of penalties issued to school or college staff decreases: 620 penalties were issued to staff, down from 1,030 in 2017. This involves a very small proportion of the total number of staff in England (nearly 350,000).
  4. Number of penalties issued to schools or colleges decreases: 95 penalties were issued to schools/colleges, down from 165 in 2017, involving just over 1% of centres.

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Published 13 December 2018
Last updated 14 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Corrected the figures in the pie chart on page 1 and clarified the text relating to the introduction of unauthorised material on page 3.
  2. First published.