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Tougher methods for challenging school performance are set to be introduced in Wales after a study reported that standards had slipped since secondary school league tables were scrapped in 2001. According to the investigation by Bristol University's Centre for Market and Public Organisation, there is "systematic and significant evidence" of reduced school effectiveness since then. Test results in Wales have fallen by an average of two GCSE grades per pupil, compared with England.

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