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Warning over Suffolk students taking GCSEs early

Sue Cook, director of children and young people's services at Suffolk County Council ENGANL00120130711103935

Sue Cook, director of children and young people's services at Suffolk County Council ENGANL00120130711103935

Education officials have warned that changes in the way GCSE exam results are recorded nationally could mean Suffolk’s position in official performance will drop this year.

Previously, if students sat an exam early and took a re-sit in the summer, their best grade was recorded as part of the school’s, county’s and overall national results.

But changes, brought in from the end of September last year, mean if a student takes an ‘early entry’ exam, only that grade will be recorded in official figures – even if they get a better grade during a re-sit.

Sue Cook, Suffolk County Council’s director of children’s services, stressed that students would not be affected as they would still be awarded their best result.

She added: “The problem comes when schools, and the local authority, are judged against other areas. Put simply, the best results achieved following the hard work and dedication of the students and their teachers are unlikely to be fully reflected in the league tables.

“We recognise that this is national government policy but have serious concerns about the extent to which it will impact on Suffolk.”

Graham White, secretary of the Suffolk branch of the National Union of Teachers, said: “The government’s league table approach is not helpful in reflecting how well Suffolk pupils have done. We have a concern that, because of this unfair league table approach, there may be some discouragement to take exams early.”

 

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