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Parents to be given more information on schools' performance

09/06/2014 Kelly
Parents are to be given more information on a number of key school performance measures under proposals put forward by the Department for Education (DfE).

This information will enable parents to have a clearer picture of schools' performance, allowing them to make informed choices about the institutions their children may attend in the future.

It is to be published in a consistent manner on the front page of the website of every primary school, secondary school, college and school sixth form.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says that accountability is a feature of high-performing educational jurisdictions around the world.

Schools are already required to publish information on their performance but the manner in which this is published often means parents are unable to obtain it quickly and easily.

The information primary schools will need to publish includes pupils' progress from age four to 11, the proportion that reach the demanding new standard at age 11 and the proportion of pupils rated as 'high-achieving'.

Secondary schools will also need to publish progress from age 11 to 16, pupils' average grade across eight subjects and the proportion acquiring a grade C in English or maths and the EBacc.

Colleges have not previously been required to publish such information on their websites. They will now publish a range of new statistics, including students' progress in academic subjects or tech levels, average grades, drop out rates and the proportion of students that go on to further education, employment or training. 

Schools minister David Laws said: "The information that will be published online by every school and college in future will support parents when choosing the best school or college for their child and help them challenge poor performance. Schools will no longer be able to hide away bad results."

Mr Laws added that the change returns power to parents, enabling them to hold poorly performing institutions to account.

The DfE has launched a consultation on the scheme, which would take effect from 2016.

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