GCSE and A Level special consideration requests rise by 19 per cent

Education Business reports that Ofqual figures have shown the number of special consideration requests for GCSE and A levels has risen by 19 per cent in a year.

The amount of approved special consideration requests has also risen from 2.5 per cent of all assessments taken in 2016 to 3.1 per cent this year.

Special consideration can be given if a candidate has not been able to demonstrate their ability in an assessment due to exceptional circumstances, such as illness, and its had an impact on their performance. If approved, candidates may have their marks adjusted.

Exams regulator Ofqual has said that the increase in requests could be partly explained by the move towards linear assessment. The report states: “Because of this, candidates may apply for special consideration if there are extenuating circumstances as there is no longer a resit opportunity for individual units.

“GCSE English literature and English language entries have increased due to the transition of entries from level 1/2 qualifications. This may mean there are more requests, as higher numbers are entering these subjects.”

Last year, the exam boards required candidates who requested a qualification award – but who had been absent from exams – to have completed at least 40 per cent of the assessments for a subject.

After the tragic events of this summer, such as the Grenfell Tower fire, and the introduction of more linear GCSE and A-levels the exam boards decided to lower this to 25 per cent for summer 2017.

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