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External review of core school subjects

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A FULL-SCALE external review of how English, maths and science are taught in primary and secondary schools has been announced by the Education department today.

All three core subjects will come under the microscope of UK-based specialist reviewers as part of an 'ongoing drive to raise standards and close the gap between the highest and lowest-performing schools'.

It comes after schools published a breakdown of examination results online, which show an overall fall in GCSE English results in Jersey after grade boundaries for the subject were changed between January and June.

Some Jersey schools were disproportionately affected by the controversy, which saw the proportion of students achieving an A* to C grade in English fall by 1.5% nationally.

According to the Education department, Jersey's selective education system was to blame for some schools performing worse in English and students expecting a crucial C grade were worst affected, with a number being downgraded to a D.

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