So you’re a bright new academy chain, committed to raising standards. What do you do? If you’re the Harris chain, you withdraw students from an exam if they’re predicted to get D or lower,so you keep the percentage pass-rate up. One teacher said “I’ve had students where a D would be an amazibng result for them, or help them get on a course, and they’ve been told they can’t sit the exam. They feel they’ve wasted two years of work and they’re understandably distraught. “
Or maybe you switch lower sets from one science syllabus to another, and help them catch up the coursework they’ve missed by telling that kids what to write. That’s what exam board Edexel is currently investigating. It’s called raising standards, and it comes at a price.