Schools ‘will be treated sympathetically’ if GCSEs drop

The BBC reports that schools which struggled with new GCSE exams and saw grades dip as a result will be looked upon sympathetically by education officials, it is understood.

Heads’ leader Malcolm Trobe said it was understood at “ministerial level” that caution was required before rushing to judge schools on these results alone.

GCSE results dropped slightly in England after pupils sat new, tougher exams in English and maths.

Mr Trobe said schools’ widely differing results now needed to be digested.

He said the union of which he is the deputy general secretary, the Association of School and College Leaders, had been holding talks at the highest level about judging the ability of schools to cope with the new exams.

It had had “extensive discussions” with the Department for Education, including Nick Gibb the schools minister and chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman, “related to the variations you might get in English and maths”, he said.

One governor, who did not wish to be named, at a school in a deprived part of northern England, said the school had received very disappointing GCSE results in English literature after a number of years in which results had been improving.

There were numerous other schools nearby that were keeping very quiet about the issue, he added.

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  1. wasateacher

    I wonder which of the favoured academy trusts has seen its exam results drop and has bent the ear of the Minister? If it disproportionately affected community schools this would be seen as an excuse to speed up academisation/privatisation.

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