GCSE league tables to be published early for parents


Secondary school league tables in England are to be published earlier this year so parents can compare GCSE results when choosing schools to help them decide which to send their children.

At present, school league tables are published in January - after the application process has finished. Provisional GCSE results will now be made available in mid-October so parents are able to use them to finalise their choices. Previously, the data was only shared with schools.

It is part of the government’s drive to improve transparency, helping parents hold schools to account while allowing heads and teachers to highlight their achievements.

The provisional school results will include the following performance measures for state-funded secondary schools:

  • the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs or equivalents at A* to C
  • the percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
  • the Attainment 8 scores, showing average achievement across 8 subjects, including English and maths, for those schools that have opted into the new accountability system a year early

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions parents will make for their child and so we want to make sure they have as much up-to-date information as possible to make an informed choice.

“This is why we will now publish provisional GCSE results before the admissions window closes - further empowering parents and continuing our commitment to transparency.

“We know parents will rightly consider all aspects of a school - not just performance - before making their choice, but this information will give them even more confidence that they are making the right choice.”

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