Parents to receive more help choosing secondary schools

It forms part of the government’s drive to improve transparency, helping parents hold schools to account while allowing heads and teachers to highlight their achievements. Previously, the data was only shared with schools.

The provisional school results will include performance measures such as the percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at A* to C, the percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the Attainment 8 scores, showing average achievement across eight subjects, including English and maths, for those schools that have opted into the new accountability system a year early.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions parents will make for their child and so we want to make sure they have as much up-to-date information as possible to make an informed choice.

“This is why we will now publish provisional GCSE results before the admissions window closes - further empowering parents and continuing our commitment to transparency. We know parents will rightly consider all aspects of a school - not just performance - before making their choice, but this information will give them even more confidence that they are making the right choice.”

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