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Thrown to the wolves: Secondary heads angry at league table move

The vast majority of school leaders are against the publication of key stage 4 league tables based on this summer’s examinations.

There is palpable anger among secondary headteachers that while the Department for Education (DfE) is not publishing key stage 2 performance tables, it will publish them for key stage 4 qualifications.

President of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Pepe Di’Iasio, said in a speech to the union’s annual conference that they had been “thrown to the wolves” by the move.

The tables will be published despite students having faced two years of disruption caused by Covid, with high levels of pupil absence this year as well as huge problems caused by high levels of staff absence.

Mr Di’Iasio was speaking to more than 1,000 ASCL members who gathered for the annual conference in Birmingham’s International Convention Centre last week.

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