Education’s dirty little secret
Writing about "how some schools maintain these outstanding high level attainment grades," David McQueen writes "they weed out the ones who might make the figures not look too good." This, he said, is widespread. "In the main they were black boys who were excluded for behaviour reasons but a quick chat with some of the pupils showed that they were under attaining and moved out." I can't verify whether this assertion is true, but I would suggest that the idea of having 'elite schools' and 'league tables' can certainly lead to these sorts of suspicions and accusations.
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