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Braintree: Headteacher attacks government GCSE policy
11:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A headteacher has attacked the Government for not having pupils’ best interests at heart.
Simon Mason, headteacher of Honywood Community Science School, in Westfield Drive, Coggeshall, has criticised the policies of education secretary Michael Gove.
Mr Gove recently accused schools of “cheating the system” by allowing pupils to re-sit GCSE exams.
Under a new policy, re-sit results will be discounted from school league tables.
Mr Mason said: “Everything we do will be to give our youngsters the greatest possible chance of happy and successful lives.
“We do find Mr Gove’s stance on it inexplicable.”
Despite the possibility of Honywood dropping down the league tables, the school insists it will stick with its policy of allowing pupils the opportunity to sit GCSE exams early in November.
Mr Mason said: “Should the impact of this decision reflect badly on the school’s league table position, or on its Ofsted rating, frankly, who cares.
“Schools should not be driven by here today gone tomorrow politicians whose motives are, at best, unclear.”
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