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LEA A' LEVEL PERFORMANCE COMPARED IN LATEST LEAGUE TABLES

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New government league tables published today show schools achieve higher A' level results than sixth -form colleges...
New government league tables published today show schools achieve higher A' level results than sixth -form colleges , the Financial Times reports (P8).

A level comparisons can be made between LEAs. The three authorities which had converted entirely to tertiary colleges were all above average - Bury in Lancashire has a point score of 13.80, Richmond had 13.40 and Harrow, 12.30.

The paper reports that Sheffield's position as most successful LEA is a mixed blessing for the Labour controlled council who disapproves of the tables.

The data, based on A level results taken in the state sector, should take in to account the size of sixth form colleges, says the paper, as high A level averages are difficult to sustain over a large number of pupils.

Comparing schools and colleges is difficult, comments the paper, as many colleges offering A levels regard the exams as a sideline to more important vocational training.

Heads of further education colleges have criticised the tables, reported Radio Four's Today programme, saying the comparison with schools was like comparing chalk with cheese.

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