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Progress 8 ignores the skills employers value

Pioneering colleges languish near the bottom of the new rankings because of their vocational curriculum and student profile, writes Ruth Gilbert

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League tables have long been controversial. But parents and students have the right to know how schools are performing – and teachers and schools need to be accountable.

To this end, the first set of Progress 8-led league tables were published earlier this year. Replacing the previous 5 A*-C pass-focused format, the reformed measures are intended to assess the progress a student makes over a five-year period.

In theory, this makes sense. It seems fairer to look at progress made, rather than judging success on GCSE results.

Unfortunately, Progress 8 does not reflect wider achievement. It is a ...

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