Do school league tables improve standards?
Researchers at Bristol University compared schools in England and Wales before and after Wales abolished league tables in 2001. They say following the abolition Welsh schools are less "effective", with an average student in England outperforming an average pupil in Wales by two GCSE grades.
Welsh education is a devolved issue and the Welsh Assembly Government has defended its decision to abolish the tables, maintaining its young people's level of attainment continued to rise "year on year".
Does the public naming and shaming of school results lead to better schools? Are there more effective ways than league tables to present school results? What is the best way to maintain educational standards?
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