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Is it time to end GCSE performance tables?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, thinks league tables are damaging to schools with disadvantaged kids and believes that inclusivity should be measured instead. He writes:

    ‘…A dose of statistical humiliation is the last thing these schools need.

    ‘The department will, of course, say that these standards are intended to identify schools that may require support. But when you are on the receiving end of such blunt metrics, when your school is gleefully paraded in the local newspaper as "failing", it’s hard not to take it all personally and to crave an easier gig.

    The good news is that education secretary Damian Hinds has himself acknowledged that the current system is confusing and he intends to replace it “with a single measure to trigger support for schools”. The department intends to implement the new system – which has yet to be decided – from September 2019.

    League tables punish schools in poor areas

    So, today’s performance tables should be the last time that we see schools categorised as being below the floor and coasting standards. However, that fails to remove the other major issue with the secondary school performance tables, which is that they punish schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils…’

    What do you think?

  2. slick

    slick New commenter

    I think Performance Tables are very fair and shows the schools that are doing well.... it has nothing to do with the ability profile of the students... or the number of EAL students they have.... or the number of Looked After or disadvantaged students they have... or the grammar schools creaming off the very able....
    Sadly, my school falls into the non grammar, low ability on intake, high disadvantaged, poor catchment, very few EAL students …. and we are judged against the leafy grammar school down the road.
    All very fair not....
  3. tterb

    tterb New commenter

    Agreed, no way are they fair or designed to help.improve schools. Ironic that the DfE, Ofsted and LA rank as many people's top three things that hinder school improvement AND are three high ranking areas of corruption, dishonesty and personal gain.
    agathamorse likes this.
  4. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter

    Before the ‘official’ league tables, the local paper got hold of the KS2 results and did their own version. So it might be difficult to get rid of them completely.

    And a local rag attempt could be even worse. Mine can’t even spell very well, let alone put things in numerical order when there are several different components.

    Sorry. Member of a profession that moans about being criticised by others, criticising another. Hypocrite.
  5. tterb

    tterb New commenter

  6. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    No. Performance tables are a fair reflection of how a school is doing. In a market driven environment, the schools with the best performance will attract the most students and the worst performers will quite rightly disappear. Poorly performing teachers will also be weeded out and removed from education as a positive side effect of performance tables.

    Win Win!!!
  7. miss_singmarbles

    miss_singmarbles New commenter

    Rubbish.... poorly performing schools can't just disappear because there is nowhere else for those kids to go. A school's league table results do not necessarily reflect the quality of teaching, but often the demographics of its intake, and even if that were the case, there aren't enough teachers as it is, and it's just as likely to be the good teachers with the best job prospects elsewhere who get fed up and leave.
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  8. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Please accept my apologies miss singmarbles, my irony was too subtle.

    For the record, I hate league tables and their existence is the major reason I left teaching in England.
    I know many good teachers who left teaching altogether as a result of league tables. Schools now employ executives who specialise in playing the system and cheating without being too obvious to climb those tables.
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    School data being published has an impact on those whose data is being processed. Although there is an exception to GDPR for public data, it is still poor practice. It does nothing positive and everything negative. Everyone knows immediately from the data whether the school has white middle class kids or if they have lots of travellers and so forth. It's really poor form on so many levels. It helps reproduce social and cultural division.
    bessiesmith likes this.

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