Academic Year 2019/20

Key stage 4 performance

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  1. Changes in 2021 to LA boundaries had affected the map in Figure 6. This has now been reverted back to the correct 2019/20 geography; no data has been changed.

  2. The KS4 subject timeseries data file has been corrected as elements of the 2018/19 subject entry rows for columns containing data on grades 7 to 1 were not showing the correct figures.

  3. In the LAD Disadvantaged and LAD FSM files, corrections were made to all percentage columns with the suffixes ‘_fsm’ and ‘_all_other_fsm’ as the values in the previous versions were calculated using the incorrect denominators.

  4. The links for the Quality and Methodology information guide and for the KS4 2019 publication have been updated.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer exam series was cancelled in 2020. Pupils scheduled to sit GCSE and A/AS level exams in 2020 were awarded either a centre assessment grade (based on what the school or college believed the student would most likely have achieved had exams gone ahead) or their calculated grade using a model developed by Ofqual - whichever was the higher of the two.

The GCSE grades awarded to pupils in 2020 will remain with them as they stay on in further and higher education or enter employment after leaving school. However, the cancellation of summer 2020 GCSE exams and the new method of awarding grades has led to a set of pupil attainment statistics that are unlike previous years.

Each of the pupil level attainment statistics have increased - more than would be expected in a typical year - between the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. This reflects the change to the way GCSE grades were awarded rather than improvements in pupil performance. As a result the 2019/20 data should not be directly compared to attainment data from previous years for the purposes of measuring changes in student performance.

Headline facts and figures - 2019/20

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