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Schools play exams system to boost grades, says regulator

Schools are playing the exams system by appealing against results in a bid to boost grades, the qualifications regulator Ofqal has said.

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Ofqal: Pattern emerging of exam result appeals

Chief regulator Glenys Stacey says Ofqal has noticed a pattern in appeals of exam results from schools.

The analysis that we have done has shown that there is tactical appealing at critical grade boundaries - C/D at GCSE and B/A at A-level, that doesn't mean that every appeal at that boundary is tactical, but you can see from the pattern that it would suggest there is tactical appealing.

Secondly, the way the appeal system is designed at the moment, and indeed headteachers agree with us, that where you're within a couple of marks of such a grade boundary it's worth appealing because it is a one-way bet.

– Chief regulator Glenys Stacey

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