You can’t measure schools by exam results alone

Ignoring the outstanding achievements of pupils at schools in poor areas has damaging consequences

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A number of media events in the year will cause a sinking feeling for many schools trying hard in adverse circumstances, especially those located in areas of multiple deprivation.

The first, in August, is exam results time. No matter how hard teachers and pupils have worked, or the composition of this year’s exam cohorts, some schools’ 5+ Highers headline figures will be found wanting. These results are deemed the only acceptable way of judging a school by mainstream journalists and, therefore, by parents, councillors and other worthies who do not understand how to delve deeper into school ...

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