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Clever pupils 'being let down'

Ofsted have claimed a culture of low expectations in state schools is causing some of the country's most able pupils to underachieve.

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Figures show pupils achieved lower grades at GCSE

  • Last year nearly two-thirds (65%) around 65,000 students, gained a Level 5 in English and Maths in national curriculum tests but did not get an A* or A grade in these subjects at GCSE.
  • Just over a quarter of these students, around 27,000, did not get a grade B in English and maths at GCSE.
  • Last year, in a fifth of the 1,649 11 to 18-year-olds not one student gained a minimum of two A grades and a B in at least two subjects preferred by leading Russell Group universities.

Source: Ofsted

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