HMC Chairman expresses disappointment at the Education Secretary’s controversial decision to drop IGCSE’s from school league tables

16 January 2015
Posted by Heidi Salmons
Richard Harman, Chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and Headmaster of Uppingham School, expressed disappointment at the Education Secretary's controversial decision.

"This is an ill advised and illogical decision which creates less choice and more confusion.

"All Heads want to review their offering solely based on what is best for our pupils.  Many independent schools, like my own, have found the IGCSEs to be appropriate and rigorous, providing a good grounding for sixth form study. They also provide internationally recognised qualifications in an increasingly competitive and globilised world. 

"It will be most unfortunate if this decision means performance tables become less transparent and less informative for parents.

"We will continue to offer the best and most suitable courses for our pupils, whatever the vagaries of politics and league tables."