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COUNCILS PRESSURING SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS ON TARGETS

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Local authorities are pressuring schools into agreeing over-ambitious improvement targets, claim head teachers. ...
Local authorities are pressuring schools into agreeing over-ambitious improvement targets, claim head teachers.

The Times Educational Supplement (p9) reports that local councils, desperate to meet their own government-imposed targets, are pushing schools to ensure that overall targets can be met.

Arthur de Caux, senior assistant secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers told the paper: 'Schools doing very well, at full stretch, are being asked to meet ridiculously high targets to compensate for those that are not going to be able to meet their targets, so that the local authority average is hit.

'It seems to move responsibility (for target settings) from schools to local authorities and has brought greater pressure from authorities on to schools.'
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