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Commenting on the announcement on league tables for 14 year olds, Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Un...
Commenting on the announcement on league tables for 14 year olds, Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: 'The government's decision to publish league tables of test results for 14 year olds is a slap in the face for secondary schools.

'Performance tables are a form of naming and shaming which the government clearly wishes to encourage.

'All performance tables do is promote injustice by making it even harder for schools in the toughest areas to attract new pupils.

'Such schools may have good inspection reports but can never hope to top the results of schools in the leafy suburbs.

'The government has ignored the evidence that performance tables damage schools; evidence that governments in Wales and Scotland acted on by abolishing them a long time ago.'


The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has commented on government plans to publish separate league tables of national curriculum test results for 14-year-olds for the first time.

ATL's general gecretary, Dr Mary Bousted said: 'This shows the government's continued reliance on testing and tables, even though it has never been shown that they contribute to improving educational standards.

'The government is obsessed with justifying to the electorate that it is delivering on its electoral promises, using children's education as a tool.

'It should be more concerned with allowing teachers to develop strategies which improves the learning of individuals rather than having to deliver on an arbitrary testing regime.

'Children should be at the centre of education and ATL believes that the government should recognise this in allowing teachers more frequently to demonstrate their professionalism and the fact that they are accountable to children's and parents.'

Read more on this here.


1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 160,000 teachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.

2. ATL exists to protect and improve the status of teachers, lecturers and other professionals involved in delivering education to further their legitimate professional interests.

3. ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). It is unaffiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.

4. ATL members receive a regular magazine (Report) reflecting ATL policy and other issues affecting the education sector. If you would like to receive a copy of this please call 020 7782 1589.

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