Scoring points;Letter

27th February 1998 at 00:00
In the chief inspector's annual report, the analysis of standards of achievement in secondary schools is based on the average points score per pupil in GCSE examinations (1 for G, 2 for F, up to 8 for A*).

The Department for Education and Employment consultation document on national targets puts forward the option of a target for 16-year-olds based on raising the average points score per pupil.

Let us hope that this marks the beginning of the end of the use of five GCSE passes at grade C or above as the basis for judging the performance of secondary schools.

It was a great disappointment when Estelle Morris, the education minister, announced last year that the Government will continue to use the five A* to C statistics.

The average points score is used at A-level. It should also be used at GCSE. Then we shall know that the Government wants to raise the attainment of all young people.

J E DUNFORD

Head, Durham Johnston School Crossgate Moor, Durham

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