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GCSE/A-levels

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students re-sat at least one examination at (a) GCSE and (b) A-level in each of the past five years. (86862)

The information requested is not readily available and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many completed examination papers at (a) GCSE and (b) A-level were lost in each of the past five years. (86870)

The National Assessment Agency (NAA) collected data on the number of GCSE, AS and A-level examination scripts missing on results day in 2004 and 2005; comparable data is not available for previous years. More than 20 million exam scripts circulated in summer 2005 across all awarding bodies. The number of scripts missing prior to marking was as follows:

Missing scripts

2004

2005

GCSE/GNVQ

Total for AQA, Edexcel and OCR

3,411

3,054

AS, A-Level and Vocational Certificate of Education (VCE)

Total for AQA, Edexcel and OCR

3,235

2,204