The Telegraph is reporting that no pupils at schools such as Eton College, City of London, Marlborough, Harrow and Westminster met an official benchmark of five A* to C grades, including English and maths…
Many leading independent schools have been left at the foot of the tables because large numbers shun conventional GCSEs in subjects such as English, maths and science in favour of alternative International GCSEs (IGCSEs)…
Although some IGCSEs are included in the tables, many are not recognised, meaning schools that took those qualifications last summer will perform poorly in the key measure of the proportion of pupils gaining at least five C grades, including English and maths.
Last year ministers announced that from 2017 IGCSEs will be excluded from the rankings altogether. The announcement came despite the Government being accused of creating “nonsense” rankings, after many top independent schools were left at the bottom of the tables.
However now the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference has said its members are “happy” to be left at the bottom of the rankings because without the inclusion of IGCSEs the tables are “absurd”.
Speaking shortly before the publication of the results, Richard Harman, chairman of the HMC and headmaster of Uppingham School in Rutland, Leics, said: “The decision to drop IGCSEs from the league tables over the next two years means those tables have become a nonsense. Several of the UK’s most highly performing independent schools and others offering this excellent qualification will now appear to be bottom of the class in the Government’s rankings.
“This obviously absurd situation creates further confusion for parents as they cannot compare schools’ performance accurately and transparently…”
What impact, if any, would a sustained absence of many private schools from league tables have?
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