Stats not how you do it…

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“X per cent of pupils to achieve age-related expectations”

“X per cent of children to make accelerated progress”

Sound familiar? You’ll probably have targets like these burned into your brains. It’s also likely that a pay rise is dependent on whether you meet them or not.

Are you a better teacher for having been set them? No, says one deputy head in the north of England.

Here’s everything that’s wrong with the practice of setting data targets:

  1. The purpose is unclear: are they developmental? Or is the aim to ensure good results?
  2. It doesn’t help teachers to grow professionally. What ...

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