Statistics on the number of appeals against results for GCSEs, AS and A levels and Project qualifications for November 2018, January 2019 and summer 2019 exam series.

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Appeals for GCSE, AS, A level and Project: 2018 to 2019 academic year

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Background Information for Appeals for GCSE, AS, A level and Project: 2018 to 2019 academic year

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Data tables for Appeals for GCSE, AS, A level and Project: 2018 to 2019 academic year

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Pre-release access list for Appeals for GCSE, AS, A level and Project: 2018 to 2019 academic year

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Main trends

The main trends in the number of appeals for GCSE and GCE (AS and Alevel) made following the 2018/19 academic year in England were:

  • The main trends in the number of appeals for GCSE and GCE (AS and Alevel) made following the 2018/19 academic year in England were:

  • Overall, 3,205 (0.05%) of the 5.9 million grades certified for GCSEs andAS/A levels were challenged.

  • Of the 3,205 grades challenged, 516 (16%) were changed.

  • The number of appeals received in 2018/19 was 1,254, an increase of 46%from 2017/18 where there were 857 appeals received. This is likely dueto the new grounds for an appeal being extended to all GCSEs in 2018/19.

  • The number of grades challenged in 2018/19 was 3,205, an increase of127% from 2017/18 where there were 1,412 grades challenged. This islikely due to the new grounds for an appeal being extended to all GCSEsin 2018/19.

  • The number of appeals upheld in 2018/19 was 683, an increase of 68% from2017/18 where there were 406 appeals upheld. This is likely due to thenew grounds for an appeal being extended to all GCSEs in 2018/19.

  • The number of grades changed in 2018/19 was 516, an increase of 154%from 2017/18 where there were 203 grades changed. This is likely due tothe new grounds for an appeal being extended to all GCSEs in 2018/19.

  • The most common reason for appeals was review of marking - markingerror.

  • Most upheld appeals resulted in no grade change.

  • A small proportion (3%) of preliminary appeals progressed to an appealhearing.

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Published 11 June 2020
Last updated 22 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated some figures based on resubmission of data.

  2. Note added on updating some data from one exam board on completion rates.

  3. Updated figures in the data tables (table 4) as well as relevant sections in the report and background notes related to completion of appeals within target timescales.

  4. First published.