School Funding: Schools Hit By 17% Increase In Exam Costs

School Funding: Schools Hit By 17% Increase In Exam Costs

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At this point, you’re all very much aware of how big of an issue the school funding crisis is. Well, now things seem to be getting even worse. Ofqual’s first-ever exam price guide has revealed that exam costs have increased 17 per cent over the last three years. Keep reading below to find out about the impact this increase is having.

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The report has revealed that the weighted average price of a GCSE is now £39.31, up from £37.30 last year. There was an even bigger increase for A-levels – £97.76, up from £92.44 last year.

Duncan Baldwin, deputy director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said:

It represents yet another additional burden on school and college budgets at a time when their finances are already under strain because of government underfunding. The rising cost of these qualifications appears to be at least partly driven by exam reforms and is therefore another unfortunate consequence of the government’s poorly thought-out overhaul of the exam system.

Ofqual has said that making the data available is helping them to be more transparent. It also helps ensure that qualifications are “provided efficiently to users and represent value for money”.


In 2018 the cost of GCSEs, AS and A-level qualifications rose by 5.9 per cent. In 2019 they rose by 5.6 per cent. The rise from 2016 to 2017 was 4.6%. AN increase of 17 per cent over three years.

Figures published last year show schools spent £296 million on exam fees in 2016-17, up from £207 million in 2002-03. Ofqual said the information is being released to “help everyone in the qualifications system, including schools, colleges and awarding organisations, to make informed decisions about qualifications”.

We’d love to hear what you think about how the cost of exams is making the school funding crisis worse, so be sure to let us know in the comments!

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