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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.

School league tables are 'flawed and meaningless'

School league tables, unveiled by the government today, have been branded "flawed and meaningless" by the National Association of Headteachers.

Kathy James, Director of Education at the NAHT said: "The data has changed year-on-year, the methodology has changed year-on-year, so we don't have comparable data."

ITV's Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:

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School league tables 'too confusing' for parents

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt. Credit: PA

School league tables are now "too confusing" for parents looking to see where best to send their children.

Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said the system brought in by David Cameron was "taking the country backwards and threatening standards."

He added: "Parents deserve to know exactly how their child’s school is performing, but under this Tory-led Government all they’ve got is confusion surrounding school results year on year."

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Nick Clegg pledges to eradicate child illiteracy by 2025

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: PA Wire

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to eradicate child illiteracy by 2025 if they remain if power after the general election.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said his party was committed to protecting nursery, school and college budgets while the Conservatives would slash education funding by £13bn a year.

Mr Clegg said: "The Coalition Government has cut illiteracy but it is nothing short of a national scandal that a fifth of children are still leaving primary school unable to read at a level that will allow them to succeed in later life.

"We are the only party who can make this commitment because, astonishingly, we are the only party committed to protecting the education budget from cradle to college in the next five years.

"It's because we will make sure our schools have the resources they need, that I can say with confidence that we will be able to end child illiteracy by 2025."

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