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Parents doubt worth of exam tables

Parents are sceptical about the worth of exam league tables, a poll for England's General Teaching Council reveals today, writes Michael Shaw.

The survey of more than 200 parents found that nearly three-quarters of those surveyed felt that league tables were less important in choosing schools than other factors such as their curriculum, facilities, location and how they dealt with bad behaviour.

Wales abandoned secondary performance tables in 2001, and has never used them for primary schools.

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