Michael Gove defends school league tables

The Education Secretary has defended the publication of new league tables which show just one in six pupils has in England has achieved the new English Baccalaureate introduced by the government.

The new measure is of how many pupils in a secondary school achieve good GCSE grades in what the government says is a vital core of subjects.

Michael Gove said that successes would be celebrated, but that it was "unacceptable" to have schools where "two thirds of children" were not gaining GCSEs in subjects such as English and Maths.

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