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The number of state secondary schools in England rated as underperforming has more than doubled in a year, new figures show.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said a changes of assessment rules was behind the rise, while school leaders have called the new tables a "nonsense" because they do not take into account the International GCSE (IGCSEs) that some schools favour.
The figures released today show that In 330 schools, 40% of pupils failed to get five good GCSEs and make “expected progress”, up from 154 schools last year.
Ms Morgan attributed the increase to new rules which mean only pupils’ first attempt at GCSEs would be counted, along with restrictions on the qualifications that count towards the figures.
“Our plan for education has always been about having the most rigorous academic standards, and that’s the changes that we have made both in terms of content and also in terms of the demand that we put on schools with the results,” she told BBC News.
However, some leading private schools are set to appear near the bottom of the rankings because IGCSEs are not accredited.
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College leaders, said "quite a few schools have fallen foul" of changes to the system "by continuing with exams that don't count".
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