Vocational qualifications, Progress 8 and 'gaming'

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It is fair to say that any accountability measure in education brings about its own pressures, particularly on school leaders who are seeking good exam results.

There is always talk about where schools can make quick wins and boost their scores. Over the last few years the term ‘gaming’ has become popular, referring to people trying to manipulate the system. The term might be recent; the practice is not. But ‘gaming’, like ‘off-rolling’, is a practice that needs addressing.

What do we mean by ‘gaming’?

Gaming happens when the decisions made about the curriculum favour the league tables,…

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