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Only GCSE tables tell the real story

Published 01/04/2015

Regarding recent feature on school league tables: To say that grammar schools are failing in comparison to the non-selective secondary schools is blatantly untrue.

Most of the schools that feature highest in your A-level table don't actually do real A-levels. Instead they do "equivalent" courses, mainly in subjects like drama and childcare, that do not have exams.

To compare those schools with schools that only do real, examined A-level courses in subjects like maths, physics or chemistry is unfair. Of course the non-examined courses will have a higher pass rate.

The GCSE tables tell the real story, now that they have to include passes in maths and english.

Kerry Allen

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Belfast Telegraph

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