A-level results 2021: Less than 1% of teacher grades changed

Less than 1 per cent of A-level teacher grades were changed after quality assurance checks by exam boards.

Student work from 1,101 centres in England – around one in five schools and colleges – had their evidence scrutinised during external quality assurance this summer by exam boards.

For 85 per cent of schools and colleges who had their work looked at, the subject experts – usually senior examiners – were satisfied the evidence supported the teacher assessed grades.

Just 15 per cent – 165 – were subject to further scrutiny. This included professional conversations between the exam boards’ experts and staff, which covered both the samples of work submitted and the centre’s approach to determining grades more generally.

exam a-levelWhere necessary, centres reviewed and revised their grades. But it was revealed today that less than 1 per cent of all A-level grades were actually amended.

Ofqual said “in most cases” exam boards were satisfied either with the school or college’s original judgments or with the revised TAGs which they submitted.

Some schools still being quizzed

Exam boards are continuing discussions with a “small number” of centres either because of issues identified through the quality assurance process or because of complaints, such as whistleblowing.

Results will be withheld for these schools and colleges today if concerns remain unresolved.

Further information and statistics about the quality assurance process, malpractice investigations and findings will be published later this year.

Schools had to provide samples of student work within two days of being asked after grades were submitted in June.


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