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Government refuses requests for GCSE scores to be wiped.

Government refuses requests for GCSE scores to be wiped.

The government has refused nearly 7,000 requests from schools for their pupils’ GCSE scores to be wiped from league tables after applications rocketed following the introduction of Progress 8.

Schools can apply for the results of seriously ill pupils or those in police custody or who are home-educated to be “disapplied” from performance data, on the grounds that teachers cannot reasonably be held responsible for their outcomes.

New data, obtained after a freedom of information request by Schools Week, shows the number of requests for year 11 pupils has ballooned from 7,641 in 2015-16 (1.4 per cent of pupils) to 12,221 last year (2.3 per cent).

However, the government has got tough on approving applications – just 44 per cent got the green light last year, compared with 74 per cent in 2016-17.

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