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The lesson from St Olave’s: pushing out pupils to boost results must stop
A London school asking pupils to leave halfway through their A-levels is only the latest attempt to improve pass rates at students’ expense, says Schools Week editor Laura McInerney
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  • Grammar school students in London have lost their places after failing to get the required grades.
  • Lawyers acting for two of the affected families have issued judicial review proceedings against the school’s governing body, also naming Bromley, the local authority responsible for maintaining the school, as an interested party.
  • Yet, on results day, regular as clockwork, a spokesperson for the school called us at Schools Week, pushing the school’s impressive pass rates and high proportion of pupils attending Oxford and Cambridge.
  • A London school asking pupils to leave halfway through their A-levels is only the latest attempt to improve exam pass rates at students’ expense Is this a surprise?
  • However Schools construct their own bullshit stats for parents based on entries not actual students who entered GCSE then GCE cohort.
  • There are two very different issues here: one, high achieving schools excluding so that league table figures are unaffected and two, excluding a student for poor behaviour so as not to disrupt the education of others.
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More London sixth-form schools face threat of legal cases for exclusion

Lawyers acting for St Olave’s families receive reports of pupils being kicked out of other schools over average grades

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Published: 1. 9. 2017 01:16:10

Source: theguardian.com

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MPs attack ejection of 'underperforming' sixth-formers

Labour and Lib Dems condemn practice but say St Olave’s grammar school is not the only institution to ‘weed out’ students

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 16:12:56

Source: theguardian.com

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Have you lost your sixth-form place due to exam results?

Grammar school students in London have lost their places after failing to get the required grades. If you have been affected, we would like you to share your experience

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 14:39:19

Source: theguardian.com

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St Olave’s grammar school is tip of iceberg in a system all about delivering results

Letters: Readers respond to the story of the Kent grammar school accused of ditching sixth-form pupils who failed to get top grades

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 23:00:23

Source: theguardian.com

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The lesson from St Olave’s: pushing out pupils to boost results must stop

A London school asking pupils to leave halfway through their A-levels is only the latest attempt to improve pass rates at students’ expense, says Schools Week editor Laura McInerney

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 23:00:39

Source: theguardian.com

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  • For number one, we should do as the article suggests and ensure those who are excluded from high achieving schools to boost success rates have the qualifications included on league tables for those schools.
  • For the second, pupils should be removed from the classroom part or full time and taught by teachers, one to one, in a separate and regulated facility; preferably off site completely.
  • Also, the school is not disrupting the education of the excluded child.
  • Schools like these just take the best students through 11+ , and keep reducing the size of this bunch till there's no way the school can't get amazing results and reputation .
  • Will the Sixth Forms who take on the students that St Olaves has rejected be deemed ‘unsuccessful’ - because of weaker headline and value-added figures?
St Olave's teacher: 'Weak students are treated as collateral damage'

Pupils, parents and teachers tell of impact of grammar school’s policy of ejecting pupils who don’t achieve top A-level grades

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 01:55:01

Source: theguardian.com

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Grammar school 'unlawfully threw out' students who failed to get top grades

Families launch legal action against St Olave’s grammar school in Orpington after about 16 sixth-formers lost final-year places

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 02:10:03

Source: theguardian.com

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