Romilly Weeks

Political Correspondent

As one of ITV's Political Correspondents, Romilly is based at Westminster. She has previously been ITV's Royal Correspondent

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Parties prepare to put best possible gloss on performance

From the moment the spotlight falls on the leaders' podiums, their advisers will be trying to put the best possible gloss on their performance.

Make no mistake - the parties are taking this very seriously indeed.

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'Comparing school league tables should be easier in future'

The number of schools classed as underperforming has doubled. Credit: PA

This is the first year that reflects all the changes the government has introduced, so it was clearly always going to be a difficult one.

I think we can safely say there is just no point in trying to compare these latest tables to any previous ones because the goal posts have shifted so much.

Looking ahead, it should become slightly easier, provided this new, more rigourous system continues to be applied.

These changes were introduced because the feeling was that GCSEs had become too easy and that employers didn't value them anymore.

But schools certainly think there has been too much change and that it has been brought in too quickly.

Qualifications, like the international GCSEs, were being promoted by the government at one point - the next moment they're not even included in the league tables.

This leaves a difficult situation for schools and a pretty confusing situation for parents.

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