Exclusive: Ofqual investigating A level maths grades

The exam regulator has decided to act after it asked the boards to reconsider the boundaries they set last year and they decided not to make any changes.Tes understands that hundreds of students who sat the reformed qualification last year could have their grades upgraded following concerns that the grade boundaries were set too high. 

But many will already have university places they accepted on the basis of grades that may now turn out to be incorrect.

Ofqual said: “We identified significant shifts in exam boards’ grade boundaries in reformed A level maths between 2018 and 2019. While some fluctuation in boundaries is not uncommon, we considered these particular changes to be more unusual.”