‘League tables should be taken away from government control’

TES Opinion – Following the government’s controversial decision a couple weeks ago that excluded IGCSEs from UK school league tables, Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that up to 200 schools may end up closed or taken over as a result of failing to hit minimum performance targets. This illustrates the importance of league tables as an instrument of public policy.

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