The end of school league tables in their present form

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Schools in England are being judged on the basis of GCSE results for the last time, as school league tables come to an end in their present form.

From next year Floor standards will be assessed using the new 'Progress 8' measure. Progess 8 is designed to measure the progress made by pupils from primary school to secondary school across eight qualifications. A school will be deemed to be below the floor standard if their Progress 8 score is below -0.5.

This year, 327 schools opted to be measured by the new floor standard early - next year, it will be compulsory.

The number of schools falling below the current floor standard has remained stable at 312 - however, that's more than a quarter of a million children languishing in schools that fail to meet basic targets. Pupils attending under-performing schools make up around 7 per cent of the total secondary population.

Secondary schools are judged to be underperforming if fewer than 40% of pupils get five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and maths, and if the school has a below average score for pupils' progress.

This year's results saw a small rise in the percentage of pupils gaining five good GCSEs, including English and maths, to 57.1% - up from 56.6% in 2014.

Following a major upheaval in the GCSE exam system, many schools last year saw a significant fall results. The reforms included only counting a pupil’s first attempt at an EBacc qualification in performance tables, leaving poor quality vocational qualifications out of league tables, capping the number of non-GCSEs counting in performance measures to two, and making sure that no qualification counted as equivalent to more than one GCSE.

This year's GCSE results show only 48 of the top 100 schools for A-level results were private. The best performing institutions included 44 selective state schools and six comprehensives.

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