College students showing for exams and formal assessments this summer time have proven unimaginable resilience, and at the moment we have fun their success. In recognition of the disruption skilled by them because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ofqual made preparations with the Division of Schooling and Examination Boards to organize an unprecedented bundle of help for the scholars.

This help included some modifications to the analysis to replicate public well being restrictions on the time college students have been conducting their assessments. The examination boards printed advance discover in February giving details about a few of the topics that might be within the examination. The intention was to assist college students give attention to their revision and make the examination really feel more easy.

For all topics, liberal grading has been carried out, reflecting a staging put up between 2021 and 2019 grades.

Chief Regulator Dr Joe Saxton mentioned:

The Class of 2022 could be so pleased with what they’ve achieved. Since September I’ve visited dozens of colleges and schools up and down the nation and the overwhelming message from college students and academics was that they needed to take the exams. College students particularly needed an opportunity to show themselves. At this time’s outcomes are a testomony to his exhausting work and resilience.

At this time’s outcomes are larger than in 2019, and — as we have at all times mentioned — decrease than in 2021, when there was a unique technique of analysis. It’s prudent to check this yr’s outcomes with these of 2019, when the exams have been held final time. I felt strongly that it will not be proper to go straight again to pre-pandemic grading abruptly, however acknowledge that we have to step again to normalcy. Total these outcomes, as they fall roughly between 2021 and 2019, symbolize a staging put up on that journey.

key factors

  1. That is the primary summer time examination collection since 2019. At this time’s outcomes shouldn’t be in contrast with 2020 or 2021 as a result of totally different strategies of analysis.

  2. Total the A stage outcomes are larger as in comparison with 2019. Leads to grade A are 35.9% in comparison with 25.2% in 2019, and leads to grade B and above are 62.2% in comparison with 51.1% in 2019.

  3. Total AS outcomes are larger as in comparison with 2019. The outcomes are 25.2% in Grade A in comparison with 20.1% in 2019. Entries for AS have fluctuated in recent times, making any modifications tougher to interpret.

At this time (18 August 2022) we’re publishing:

Like a standard yr, the Joint Qualification Council (JCQ) publishes outcomes for AS and A stage in England, general and subject-wise. These outcomes are additionally proven in our interactive visualization.

heart kind consequence

Ofqual up to date their interactive visualization to indicate A Degree outcomes as in comparison with earlier years, general and topic clever for various college and faculty sorts. The middle kind classes are based mostly on the Nationwide Heart Register (NCN) and are self-reported by the centres.

The general outcomes for all sorts of colleges and schools are of grade A and above as of 2019. The extent to which ends have modified relative to 2019 is probably going, partly, to replicate long-standing variations within the sample of outcomes for the totally different heart sorts. This summer time’s outcomes will even replicate any differential influence of the pandemic.

Cumulative Share End result Sensible Heart Sort – Grade A and Above

Share of candidates in grade A and above in all topics between 2017 and 2022, mixed by heart kind

heart kind 2019 2021 2022
academies 24.1 42.1 35.0
free college 35.2 48.9 45.2
ef set up 12.7 29.2 16.5
impartial 44.7 70.4 58.0
different 23.2 52.0 28.7
secondary complete 20.5 39.4 30.7
secondary fashionable 18.5 36.4 27.8
secondary selective 36.3 56.5 50.4
sixth Type Faculty 22.0 35.3 31.9
tertiary faculty 20.7 34.3 27.5

heart variability

Offqual’s interactive visualization exhibits the extent of variation in A stage outcomes of colleges and schools as in comparison with 2019. We all know that, in any given yr, totally different faculties and schools can see a variation within the proportion of scholars getting a selected grade as in comparison with the earlier years. This may be as a result of many various elements, together with variations within the combine of scholars enrolled for specific {qualifications}, totally different instructing approaches, modifications in instructing workers or instructing time, and modifications in {qualifications}. This yr, the outlook for grading can also be extra liberal than it was pre-pandemic.

On the whole, there’s larger variation within the outcomes throughout facilities. This isn’t stunning, provided that comparisons are being revamped an extended interval (3 years). Our interactive visualization permits customers to discover variation in heart outcomes for various age teams and heart sizes.

similarity evaluation

Now that the outcomes have been launched, Offqual will repeat the similarity analyzes we printed in 2020 and 2021. It was not doable for us to finish this evaluation earlier than the discharge of the consequence, as the ultimate knowledge from the examination is on the market solely very near the consequence days. , We are going to publish it as quickly as doable, within the autumn.

In 2020 and 2021, this evaluation thought-about whether or not the hole between outcomes for various teams of scholars, which is seen within the years as exams progressed, had modified. This summer time the identical analysis system has been carried out for all the scholars. Any change within the distinction in outcomes for college students with totally different protected traits is probably going as a result of different elements, such because the influence of the pandemic.

grade limits

Examination boards this summer time have set grade limits based mostly on a mixture of qualitative and quantitative proof. As in earlier years when examinations have been held, the examiner’s judgment has performed an vital position in reviewing the standard of labor of the scholars.

On the whole, grade limits are decrease this summer time than in 2019. This isn’t stunning given the liberal strategy to grading. Though not all grade limits are decrease than 2019, the place of the ranges additionally displays the issue of the evaluation.

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