Annal Nayyar reports BBC release- GCSE league tables out early to help parents choose school

Secondary school league tables in England are going to be published earlier this year so parents can compare the most recent GCSE results when choosing schools.

At present, school league tables are published in January – after the application process has finished.

But from this year, the Department for Education will publish provisional GCSE results in mid-October.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said it would provide a more “informed choice”.

The plans, announced by the Department for Education, will mean that parents looking at local secondary school places for the following autumn will have the most up-to-date exam results, at least in provisional form.

Rival league tables

At present, families may be shown individual school results from the most recent summer exams, but the official comparisons are based on results from the previous year.

The full performance tables will still be published in January, but a provisional version will be brought forward to the autumn term.

They will be on a searchable website, so parents can draw up comparative league tables for their local area.

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