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What boosts GCSE scores?

Schools achieving higher GCSE scores than might be expected from pupils' home backgrounds and attainments at transfer are found to have:

* high expectations * strong academic emphasis * shared vision and goals * clear leadership from heads * clear leadership from heads of department * an effective senior management team * consistency in approach * high quality teaching * a student centred approach * parental involvement and support Adapted from Accounting for variations in academic effectiveness between schools and departments by Pam Sammons, Sally Thomas and Peter Mortimore.

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