Private schools in England give pupils top grades in 70% of A-level entries

Teacher-assessed grades in lieu of exams benefit those at independent schools as gap with state education widens

The gap between private and state school A-level grades has grown to its widest in the modern era as part of a record-breaking set of results in which black pupils and male pupils also received lower grades than their peers.

After a year of disruption and school closures during the pandemic, nearly 45% of A-level entries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland were awarded top grades of A or A*, up from 38% in 2020 and 25% in 2019.

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