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STATE SECTOR INCREASES SHARE OF A-LEVEL HONOURS

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State schools are making inroads on A-level league tables although independent school still dominate their upper re...
State schools are making inroads on A-level league tables although independent school still dominate their upper reaches, reports The Times (p6 August 28).

The paper bases its claims on a survey of several hundred state schools, most of which are selective, measuring A-level results only and integrating the information with results published by the Independent Schools Information Service.

Other broadsheets report figures from the Independent Schools Information Service, with the Financial Times in its own analysis showing the strongest results continue to come from big city, single- sex day schools (p4 and Weekend FT page X August 28).

And the Guardian (p9 August 28) adds a report of calls by Joan Clancy, head of North London Collegiate School, for A-levels to be scrapped because their focus on a narrow range of subjects is too restrictive for the most able pupils.
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