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Schools 'gaming' the system for Progress 8.

Schools 'gaming' the system for Progress 8.

Ofsted inspectors will examine whether schools are attempting to game their Progress 8 scores amid concerns about why some pupils are faring much worse in English and maths than they are in less academic subjects.

A regional director has warned that serious questions need to be asked about why “some very obvious differences” can be found in some schools' Progress 8 scores.

Emma Ings, Ofsted’s regional director for the East Midlands, has warned that there is still an issue of schools entering pupils for inappropriate qualifications in order to boost their scores.

"Gaming" – when "decisions made about the curriculum favour the league tables, rather than the individual needs of pupils" – "is a practice that needs addressing", she writes.

The government removed the European Computer Driving Licence, which counted as the equivalent of a two-year GCSE, from the list of qualifications included in this year’s performance tables, after fears that schools were using it to game the system.

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