Why were GCSE grades in independent schools so high during the pandemic?

29th Jun 2022

FFT Education Datalab - When last year’s exam results came out, we wrote about the increasing attainment gap between independent and state schools since the start of the pandemic.  But we weren’t able to clear up exactly why this had happened.  We said at the time that more and better data would be required to understand more. And, as we do now have access to some more detailed data on 2021 GCSE results (via the National Pupil Database), we’re going to revisit the topic.