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.
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).