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News - 12 October 2012

GCSE results could result in league table problems.

The Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) general secretary Brian Lightman said a quarter of schools saw dramatic falls in the headline GCSE scores used to measure success.

In an open letter to the chairman of the Commons Education Committee Graham Stuart, Mr Lightman said a "gross injustice" had been done to many young people following after grade boundaries were changed part way through the year.

He said his union's own research suggested about a quarter of secondary schools nationally saw a drop of at least 10 percentage points in the number of pupils gaining five GCSEs A* to C including English and maths.

And a further fifth saw drops of 15 percentage points.

He went on to say: "It renders invalid this year's performance league tables and the data that's used for the basis of the whole accountability system because they are not results that reflect trends within schools.

Peter Ham Chief Auditor and Head of Schools and Charities at ABDS comments: “figures suggest that at least 160 extra schools could fall below the target of getting 40% of pupils getting five good GCSEs including English and maths.”

The Department for Education would not comment on the claims, saying the issue was a matter for exams regulator Ofqual and the exam boards.

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has already said in an interim report on the issue that the January grading was too lenient, and is standing by the harsher June grades. It is due to report more fully on the issue shortly.

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