Good. Can we have this here please Hekia?

Great progress and initiatives are being made in the UK in education. Perhaps Hekia Parata might like to get cracking on the same thing here.

Secondary schools that fail to stretch the brightest children are to be named and shamed as part of a drive to stop comprehensives playing the league table system, the schools minister warns.

For the first time next week, parents will be able to compare schools based on the amount of progress made by the top pupils between the age of 11 and 16.

New league tables will also show improvements registered by the bottom third of pupils throughout their secondary education.

Figures are expected to show that up to a third of pupils in state schools — almost 190,000 — are gaining worse results in English and mathematics exams at 16 than in comparable tests taken at the age of 11.

The move comes amid fears that too many schools prioritise “borderline” pupils on the cusp of scoring a C grade — a good pass — to inflate their headline results at the expense of the brightest or those struggling the most.

Today, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, warns that league tables have evolved over the past 20 years to “encourage a degree of ‘gaming’ by some weaker schools, desperate to keep their school above the standard that would trigger intervention by Ofsted [the regulator] or the Department for Education”.

He also claims that some teachers are entering pupils for qualifications “that are more in the interests of a school’s league table position than the child’s own prospects”.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he says: “If you look at the GCSE results since 1997 you see a dramatic increase in the proportion of C grades being awarded.

“Weaker secondary schools have been given an incentive to focus only on these pupils. But what about the B students who might, with better teaching, achieve an A? Or the E students who could get a D?”

He adds: “It is to iron out these idiosyncrasies that led us to reform the school performance tables.

“We are determined to stamp out any incentives to game the system whereby some schools focus just on those pupils who will affect their league table position.”


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