Four reasons for the sharp drop in challenges to GCSE and A-level marks

Insufficient resources and Ofqual's new re-marking process are being blamed for the 'unfair' fall.

The number of challenges to GCSE and A-level grades has fallen by 25 per cent this year.


And yet nearly a fifth of the challenges resulted in a regrade, Ofqual figures revealed today.


Here are some of the main reasons thought to be behind the significant drop in grade challenges this year:


1. Schools lack sufficient resources to mount enquiries into grades


Schools will be forced to find £3 billion of savings by 2019-20 amid soaring costs and real-terms funding cuts, the National Audit Office warned this week.


And the pressures on budgets could be putting schools off from lodging appeals, the NAHT heads' union has said.


Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary, said: “The appeals process is both costly and complicated. With school budgets at breaking point, we face the prospect of a two-tier system where justifiable appeals are available only to those schools with the money and time to put into them.


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