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PERFORMANCE TABLES PRESENT A DISTORTED PICTURE SAYS TEACHING UNION

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National Association of Head Teachers general secretary David Hart comments on today's primary school performance t...
National Association of Head Teachers general secretary David Hart comments on today's primary school performance tables*:

'The primary school performance tables present a distorted picture. The government rightly makes allowances for pupils recently arrived from overseas, whose first language is not English. But it refuses to make any adjustment for pupils with special educational needs. Yet the Audit Commission reports that schools are refusing to admit SEN children because of their impact on performance tables.

'It is ludicrous for the government, again rightly, to make allowances for pupils absent from the tests, due to foot and mouth disease. But it stubbornly rejects the case for pupils who are absent because they are ill, or whose parents have taken them away on holiday. Yet these children drag down a school's performance because they are 'counted as if they are present.

'It is all very well promising to introduce new value added performance tables next

year. That would be a step in the right direction. But we will still have raw scores of those who have achieved Level 4 or better. These do not in any way demonstrate the achievements of schools across the entire ability range.'

* see LGCnetfor full details

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