HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 c52W
Mr. Whitney

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will issue guidance to encourage local education authorities to publish examination results achieved in their schools.

Miss Margaret Jackson

This is a matter for local education authorities and individual schools to decide. My right hon. Friend made it clear in the Green Paper "Education in Schools" that "league tables" of school performance based on examination results can be seriously misleading because they fail to take into account other important factors such as the wide differences between school catchment areas.