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Students have a right to see how their A-levels and GCSEs were marked

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Students reminded they have a right to see how exams were marked

Ahead of results day the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded A-level and GCSE students of their right to see details of how their exams were marked.

Under the Data Protection Act students can ask to see information including:

A breakdown of their marks
Examiners’ comments
Minutes of examination appeals panels
Details of how to request the information can be found on our exam results page.
David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, said:

“The Data Protection Act gives students the right to see some exam related material. The information may not lead to their grades being altered, but it could help them to make important decisions about their future, such as whether to re-sit an exam.”

Individuals have the right to request information that an organisation holds about them – known as a subject access request – as part of the Data Protection Act.

1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

3. The ICO is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and produces a monthly e-newsletter.

4. Anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which make sure that personal information is:

Fairly and lawfully processed
Processed for limited purposes
Adequate, relevant and not excessive
Accurate and up to date
Not kept for longer than is necessary
Processed in line with your rights
Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
5. If you need more information, please contact the ICO press office on 0303 123 9070

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