Can school league tables ever be intelligent?

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Michael Gove has admitted that league tables rely too much on one measure and focus too much on the C/D borderline. But despite this, he still believes that he can make the tables 'intelligent'. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw says this is misguided.

I make no apologies for jumping on my favourite soap box again – the impact of league tables on England’s education system.

There were some notable comments from education minister Michael Gove this week as part of his wider speech about his unadulterated love of examinations and how the forbidding exam hall is the key to a liberal education agenda (for the details on how he tries to square the circle on that one see the SecEd report). I have left it to the excellent Russell Hobby to address Mr Gove’s exams comments (read to the end of the article referenced above).

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