Ignore school league tables, head teachers urge parents

Parents are being urged to ignore the latest school league tables, after "chaotic" changes to tests in England.

 

Final year primary pupils sat a raft of tough new tests in the summer. Only 53% of pupils passed, compared to the 80% who passed easier tests in 2015.

 

Primary heads leader Russell Hobby said ministers had stressed the scale of the changes meant comparisons could not be drawn on previous years' results.

 

The government said schools had responded well to the higher demands.

 

Pupils at 14,930 state primary schools sat the new national Sats tests in reading, writing and maths - the "Three-Rs"; they also sat a spelling and grammar test.

 

Schools are then ranked by these results to enable parents to narrow down the choice of schools for their children.

 

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