Wide Score Gap between Top A-level Grades

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This year’s A-level results have shown a wider gap in the proportion of top grades awarded between regions in the North and South of England.

 

The North East region had the lowest A* and A grades out of all the areas, at 30.8 per cent. The South East region had the highest proportion, at 39.5 per cent. This means that there was a gap of 8.7 percentage points between the two areas.

 

This is a wider gap than in previous years – in 2019, the North East region had 32.1 per cent of A* and A grades, while the South East had 38.3 per cent. This meant that there was a gap of 6.2 percentage points.

 

The gap between the North and South regions has been a cause for concern for many years, and this year’s results show that the pandemic has only worsened the situation.

 

Many factors contribute to this attainment gap, including socio-economic disadvantage, school funding, and teaching quality. More must be done to close the gap and ensure that all students have an equal chance of success in their exams.

 

Compared to previous years, this year’s results show a worsening of the regional attainment gap. This is alarming and must be addressed urgently.

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According to the Department for Education, the government is committed to ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background or where they live.

 

More must be done to close the regional attainment gap and level the playing field for all students. The pandemic has only worsened the situation, and urgent action is needed to address this issue.

 

Kevin Philips, responsible officer for exam board AQA, said: “We need to wait for the equalities analysis later in the year to be able to respond to that fully, but it is important to note that the package of support that was put in to reflect the impact on the 2022 cohort was available to all students.

 

“Of course, if there were any individual cases, those could be dealt with through the special consideration route.”

 

Figures published today show a breakdown of the proportion of A-level exams graded at A* or A in each government region. The North East had the lowest A* and A grades out of all the areas, at 30.8 per cent. The South East had the highest proportion, at 39.5 per cent. This means that there was a gap of 8.7 percentage points between the two regions.

 

This is a wider gap than in previous years – in 2019, the North East region had 32.1 per cent of A* and A grades, while the South East had 38.3 per cent. This meant that there was a gap of 6.2 percentage points.

 

The gap between the North and South regions has been a cause for concern for many years, and this year’s results show that the pandemic has only worsened the situation.

 

Many factors contribute to this attainment gap, including socio-economic disadvantage, school funding, and teaching quality. More must be done to close the gap and ensure that all students have an equal chance of success in their exams.

 

Compared to previous years, this year’s results show a worsening of the regional attainment gap. This is alarming and must be addressed urgently.

 

According to the Department for Education, the government is committed to ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background or where they live.

 

More must be done to close the regional attainment gap and level the playing field for all students. The pandemic has only worsened the situation, and urgent action is needed to address this issue.

 

How should the regional attainment gap be closed? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

 

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