Oxford Brookes Business School

Working paper on predicting A-level grades cited by the BBC

Tuesday, 17 November 2020


A working paper published by Dr Catherine Dilnot, Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School and UCL’s Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities has been cited in the BBC's coverage of the Secretary of State for Education's announcement of proposed changes to post qualification admission to university.

For the working paper published on 11th August 2020, academics from UCL's Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) and Oxford Brookes Business School studied data from 238,898 pupils’ GCSE performance to see whether they could accurately predict their subsequent A-level results.

Catherine and her colleagues found that the disruption COVID-19 has brought on formal examinations this year – with pupils instead assigned calculated grades by their teachers, which are then moderated by exam boards – highlights a wider problem with the general UK system.

Read the BBC article here >>