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Diversity 'key to London GCSE success'

Garry Wed 12 Nov 2014 08:22

The high success rate enjoyed by GCSE students in London is explained by the higher proportion of ethnic minority pupils in the capital, research finds.

The report says the capital's diversity plays a key role in the "London effect" - a term used to describe the high levels of success among its pupils.

It says London has a low rate of the lowest performing group: white British.

The Bristol University study assessed GCSE data from 2013 for all pupils in state secondary schools in England.

Researchers at the university's Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) measured each student's GCSE points score across their eight best subjects, counting an A* as being worth eight points, an A as seven, and so on, to one point for a G.

They also analysed the percentage of people scoring five or more A* to C grades at GCSE.

Students' results were measured against their prior attainment in Key Stage 2 tests taken at the end of primary school.

Higher results

The results indicated that pupils in London's state-funded schools scored around eight GCSE grade points higher than those in the rest of the country.

This is the difference between gaining eight A grades compared with eight Bs, or eight Cs compared with eight Ds, the study says.

However, once children's ethnic background was factored in, the Lon

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