Parents are to be given early access to exam results to help them to choose a secondary school for their child.
Provisional GCSE results will now be made available to parents in mid-October, rather than being shared solely with schools as was previously the case.
The following information will be made available for state-funded secondary schools:
- the percentage of pupils achieving five 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 that while parents would want to consider all aspects of a school's performance, the changes "will give them even more confidence that they are making the right choice".
The move forms part of the government's drive to increase transparency, helping parents to hold schools to account while enabling heads and teachers to highlight their achievements.
Posted by Tim Colman