'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 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.'
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