GCSE and A-Level results day project

This project developed a data analysis tool using data on GCSE and A Level results from 2014 to 2018. The tool was available online on Results days in 2018 for teachers, policy stakeholders and researchers to explore the data themselves.

There has been substantial policy change for education at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 throughout the United Kingdom in recent years, and as a result there has been considerable interest in analysing patterns in GCSE and A-Level entries each year when national data is published among education professionals, those in education policy, the press and the general public.

In recent years the FFT Education Datalab has provided live analysis through a series of blogposts on results days. This project extended this work, by creating an FFT Education Datalab and Nuffield Foundation-branded microsite that allowed the public to explore this data for themselves.

The microsite was largely based on data from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), and was tested with the help of a stakeholder panel.

Overall, use of the microsite was fairly high immediately following the Results days in 2018 (15 August-25 September) with a number of media and other organisations drawing on the blogposts, analysis and charts in their coverage of the results