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RATING SCHOOLS ON FREE MEALS IS MISLEADING, SAYS SHA

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The Secondary Heads Association has claimed that parents are being misled over school league tables and inspectors'...
The Secondary Heads Association has claimed that parents are being misled over school league tables and inspectors' reports.

The Times (p11) reports that Ofsted is continuing to group schools on the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals, but according to the SHA, Ofsted's own research had found that these figures were misleading.

John Dunford, the SHA's general secretary, said that the government had accepted that schools should be judged against the previous attainment of their pupils.

'It is delporable that after such a long time they have failed to set up any kind of research project into developing appropriate measures,' he said.

The SHA called for new tests at the start of secondary education to form the basis of value-added assessments.

A spokesman for Ofsted said that the organisation was following government policy in using free meals, which is recognised as 'far from perfect'. (See LGCnet, 12 July OFSTED RESPONSE TO SECONDARY HEADS ASSOCIATION NEWS RELEASE ON SCHOOLS DATA).

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