Removing external candidates' results from the school's results
Some schools will refuse to take home educated private candidates because they wrongly believe that their results will be counted with the school and affect the school's league tables, for example if the private candidate only takes a couple of subjects, that this reduces the average number of GCSEs for the school.
However, results for external candidates are not attributed for accountability purposes for state funded schools. The following information was provided by the Department for Education. DfE attribute pupils to schools on the basis of where they have been recorded as 'being on roll' at the time of the School Census. Therefore, as long as state schools complete their census returns correctly, the inclusion of private candidates in performance tables should not be an issue for the centre.
In independent schools, however, results for external candidates are initially attributed because these schools do not complete a pupil level census. In these cases, DfE takes its information on pupils for which the school may be accountable from data provided by awarding organisations (including entries, results and names of centres where the exam was taken). DfE does ask all independent schools to check their data BEFORE it is published [Table Checking Exercise] so that they can ask for external candidates to be removed from the calculations.
The criteria set out for private entries and external candidates are set out in the Department for Education's guidance, which is made available to schools and colleges in September of each year.https://tableschecking.education.gov.uk/
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