Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Private Schools 'Cheat System with Easier Exams'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Private Schools 'Cheat System with Easier Exams'

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PRIVATE schools have been accused of 'cheating the system to inflate their results' as figures laid bare the number of pupils opting for 'easier' GCSE exams.

Three-quarters of International GCSEs (IGCSEs) entries - which are widely regarded as less rigorous than new GCSEs - were from independent schools in 2018.

The figures, released by the government in answer to a question from Labour's Lucy Powell, also revealed that 90 per cent of IGCSE entries in the core subjects that form the English Baccalaureate were from private schools.

In 2018, 76pc of IGCSE entries were from independent schools, with 23pc from state-funded schools, according to the data. Analysis by Ms Powell's office suggested 0.2pc of GCSE entries in state schools were for IGCSEs, with independent school pupils 55 times more likely to take an IGCSE. …

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