Nasty, yes. Descriptive, yes. And, dare we say it, probably far more comprehensible and even motivating for parent and pupil than the bland jargon that goes home at the end of term in these litigious days. What are parents supposed to make of statements like: "Kylie is beginning to count in tens," or "Jack has attained Level 3"? Are they budding geniuses or backward?
Independent schools still write robust reports for their paying customers. Is it time for state schools to ditch the statement bank?