International GCSEs (IGCSEs) will no longer count in national league tables under changes being made by the Department for Education (DfE).
The changes will take effect in 2017, following the introduction of new GCSEs in many subjects that will make the curriculum more demanding. At the moment, IGCSEs are included in the league tables along with normal GCSEs.
Schools could change positions in the rankings as a result of the reforms. However, IGSCEs could be reintroduced if their content is altered to ensure they resemble normal GCSEs.
The timing of the move was criticised by the Association of School and College Leaders. General secretary Brian Lightman said the position of IGCSEs should have been decided earlier on in the coalition's programme for reform.
He added that the late decision will cause difficulties for schools and could have "serious consequences" for young people. "Parents and young people are finding it difficult to make sense of these contradictory and piecemeal changes," Mr Lightman continued.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels