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East Lancashire headteachers warn of GCSE results table 'chaos'
HEADTEACHERS are claiming changes affecting next year’s published GCSE results will cause ‘chaos’.
New rules will see school performance tables feature only the first-time results of pupils if they have been entered twice for exams.
This means that many schools will be judged on early results gained this November, not the results their pupils get in their summer exams.
Education secretary Michael Gove has brought in the change to prevent schools entering children early for their GCSEs.
Mr Gove has accused schools who use the practice of early entry with a later re-sit of ‘cheating the system’.
However headteachers in East Lancashire say it is unfair to disrupt pupils who are already entered for the November exams.
Haslingden High headteacher Mark Jackson said: “If he wants to make changes - then fine, start next year. It’s come out less than a month before the kids are to sit these exams.
“We didn’t even enter them for the early exams originally. But when Mr Gove made changes to the English GCSE and scrapped their speaking and listening coursework, we decided to try it. They could use their hard earned coursework towards their results if they passed this year.
“It wasn’t fair of him to make that first change and it isn’t fair to move the goalposts a second time.
“He accuses us of trying to cheat the system but clearly we are just trying to get the best results for students. A good result in early exams can take the pressure off.
“But now many schools performances are really going to suffer because we were trying to get the best results for the kids.”
Rhyddings High School headteacher Paul Trickett said: “It’s going to drive an absolute coach and horses through the perfomance tables of many schools.
“It is really outrageous because schools are being punished half way through the year for rules that were fine at the outset.”
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