Education written question – answered on 16th April 2012.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of pupils (a) requesting and (b) being granted special consideration enhancements at GCSE.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Ofqual analyse and publish statistics on the number of special considerations applied for and accepted in the summer examination series. Ofqual's report and the data for the 2011 series were published in October 2011 and can be found on their website:


The total number of requests for special consideration approved by awarding organisations was 354,200 (2.4% of scripts marked, an increase from 2% in 2010). These numbers relate to both GCE and GCSE examinations—separate figures are not collected.

Less than 1% of grades are changed as a result of adjustments made because of special consideration.

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