Schools warned GCSE resits will not count towards league tables

Resit results will not be known until after the deadline for inclusion in league tables

Schools caught up in the GCSE grade-fixing scandal have been told they will still miss minimum Government targets even if their pupils are awarded higher grades in resits.

Headteachers are incensed that the Department for Education (DfE) has indicated that the results of resits will not be included in official exam performance league tables, due out early in the new year.

The ruling is crucial to more than 140 schools who have missed the minimum target for GCSE passes as a result of the row over grade boundaries in English, which were changed at the last minute.

All 140 schools had been expected to reach the new higher target of 40 per cent of pupils getting five A* to C grade passes, including maths and English, but missed out after the C-grade boundary was raised less than a fortnight before the results were published.

As a result of missing the target, they are in danger of being failed by inspectors, closed outright or forced to become academies as a result of Education Secretary Michael Gove's drive to improve standards. The jobs of headteachers and senior managers could also be on the line.

"The performance tables are going to contain very flawed information," said Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). "This could cause enormous reputational damage to the schools concerned."

He added that ASCL was urging, in talks with Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, and the DfE to "go easy" with schools missing the minimum targets this year – especially if they had been in line to reach them before the grade boundaries were changed – and not judge schools on just one year's performance.

The ruling not to include the results of resits in official performance tables is understood to be logistical, in that the results will not be known until after the deadline for inclusion in the league tables has passed. However, Mr Lightman said: "This is an issue of major concern to headteachers and it is causing great anxiety for a number of our members."

Meanwhile, the deadline for exams regulator Ofqual and exam boards AQA and Edexcel to respond to the threat of legal action over the boundary changes expires tomorrow. Last Thursday they were given a week to respond to a threat by pupils, schools, local authorities and heads' organisations to seek a judicial review.

As a result of the grade boundary changes, pupils who sat the exam in January were awarded higher grades than those sitting it in June – even if they obtained the same marks. More than 2,300 students who sat the exam in Wales have been awarded higher grades after a decision by the Welsh Assembly.

A spokeswoman for the DfE said that in previous years the results of exams taken after the end of the previous academic year had not been included in the ensuing league tables.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Education

Recruitment Genius: MIS Officer - Further Education Sector

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Operating throughout London and...

The Jenrick Group: Maintenance Planner

£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Maintenance...

The Jenrick Group: Project Manager

£35000 per annum + Pension+Bupa: The Jenrick Group: We are recruiting for an e...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K - £45K: SThree: SThree Group have been we...

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there