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Exam results: is time to celebrate everyday achievements in school and not just pupils’ grades?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    With so much pressure on teachers and students to achieve the right results is it time to rethink the value of school and learning and put more emphasis and pride in everyday achievements?

    ‘…When evaluating a school’s success we need to look beyond narrow attainment measures to areas such as the overall quality of learners’ experiences and – crucially for me – how young people are included and supported to become the best they can be.

    The real joy in strong attainment is knowing that this translates to success for individual young people – that they have learned well and that the hard work has been recognised. Qualifications are a passport, empowering young people to make choices about where they want to go next. This is far more important than the interesting graphs we find in Scotland's Insight tool, and the antiquated “performance tables” we will undoubtedly see produced again by some newspapers.

    We also need to remember that learning is a lifelong process – the word “journey” is overused in education but it is apt here. Surely success for a young person working hard to gain a strong set of National 4 qualifications, which leads to a college course they are interested in, is just as significant as the person gaining five A grades at Higher?’

    Billy Burke is headteacher of Renfrew High School and president of School Leaders Scotland


    What do you think? Do we need to acknowledge
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  2. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    No, it'd be something of a fool's errand.

    If a large number of children do not profit from school, we should consider if they would be better on an apprenticeship or in work. Anything else is patronising and wasteful.

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