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A group of schools has been criticised for entering hundreds of English-speaking teenagers into a GCSE exam aimed at pupils who moved here from abroad.
Ofsted revealed one of the schools – Harris Academy Orpington in south London – spent £10,000 so almost an entire year group could sit an English as a Second Language International GCSE – even though 95 per cent of the pupils spoke only English.
The results from those who passed the exam could have been used to boost the schools’ performances in league tables. The six schools, which altogether spent about £50,000 entering 700 pupils into the IGCSE, are part of the Harris chain of 48 state-funded primaries and secondaries led by Sir Dan Moynihan – Britain’s best-paid academy chief on £450,000 a year.
Ofsted revealed one of the schools – Harris Academy Orpington in south London (pictured) – spent £10,000 so almost an entire year group could sit an English as a Second Language International GCSE
The Cambridge International GCSE in English as a Second Language, which costs £67 per entrant, is designed to allow non-native English speakers to show what they have learned. Until this year the qualification could be used as the equivalent to a GCSE in statistics rating school performances. The loophole has now been closed.
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