How they do it in the independent sector

As a teacher, ever felt envious at the outstanding results achieved in private schools? As a parent, ever longed for your child to go to such a high-achieving school, if only you could afford it?

A friend of a friend who works in just such an institution tells how they do it. Apparently, if a child looks unlikely to achieve the highest grades, the parent is made to pay for the examination entry. That way, the child can be written off as an external candidate and therefore won’t ‘count’ in the school’s examination statistics.

Neat, eh?

Beats getting the parents to write the coursework essays (something else they do) or get the parents to pay for private tutoring (ditto).

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