International GCSEs’ axed league tables’

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Thousands of schools could plummet in league tables that are official after it emerged that alternate GCSE qualifications will be stripped from a fresh rank system.

Schools will not have the ability to use a-level chemistry tuition in tables released by the Department for Education, it appeared.

The move probably will change up to 2,700 associations – including many high-performance independent schools – which grammars and state have changed large numbers of students on to IGCSEs in recent

Head teachers’ leaders criticised the move saying many schools may unexpectedly push students to change to mainstream GCSEs to prevent dropping government league tables down.

Right now, school league tables graph large numbers of other qualifications and functionality in mainstream GCSEs.

Teens will sit maths in 2017 and the first tests in English, with other areas following from 2018.

But ministers worry that present IGCSEs – along with large numbers of other equivalent qualifications will not be comparable to the tests that are new and shouldn’t be recorded in league tables alongside them.

It means IGCSEs will be lost from positions within their present form.

The move means that the ranks could be dropped down by thousands of schools now running IGCSE classes as results are not any longer counted.

Evaluation panels could be necessary to move IGCSEs – producing them a lot more like cool GCSEs – to make sure they may be included.

It comes despite a surge in the amount of schools offering the qualification that is alternative recently, that was initially introduced for schools abroad.

In 2013, some 2,677 schools offered , up was IGCSE by the from only . 856 in 2010

The hottest IGCSEs are in conventional academic areas like the sciences, maths, English and foreign languages.

IGCSEs have grown in recent years following a string of grading and marking scandals.

General secretary of the Organization of University and College Commanders, John Lightman, stated: “Colleges were inspired to think about that IGCSEs also have prepared so and might stay approved.

“It is extremely late in the day for these changes to be introduced and this is causing problems for those schools which, in all good faith, had intended to continue using IGCSE qualifications.

“It also offers serious effects for young folks. Small people and parents are discovering it difficult to sound right of those modifications that are piecemeal.

From 2017, the Department for Education is only going to count new-fashion GCSEs in English and maths in official positions. It means IGCSEs in the areas is not going to be contained with that year within their current form.

In 2018, new assessments will even sit in other core areas including history, science and geography, with IGCSEs in these areas likewise being blown off.