Borough keeps score in its primary schools

22nd February 2013 at 00:00
Beleaguered Haringey wants all to be good or better in three years

A London borough that found itself at the centre of a national controversy after one of its primaries was forced to become an academy is introducing scorecards to better inform parents about how its schools are performing.

Haringey Council will implement the scorecards, providing parents with data on how schools compare with similar ones elsewhere in the capital, by the end of this year.

London schools' results have been a remarkable success story over the past decade but Haringey has found it hard to keep pace in its primaries. One school, Downhills Primary, came under the spotlight last year after its forced conversion into a Harris Federation academy was opposed.

The scorecards idea is one of a number of recommendations in a report published by an independent commission into the quality of education in Haringey. They will also "provide parents with advice about how they can best support their child's learning," the Outstanding for All report said. The commission panel included headteachers, two former government advisers, Jim Rose and Graham Badman, and TES editor Gerard Kelly.

The commission also recommended the introduction of a "pupil passport", which would hold information about pupils' attainment, including their strengths and weaknesses.

Former London head Dame Anna Hassan, who chaired the commission, said that a better working relationship between the council and its schools is needed.

It is hoped that the recommendations, accepted in full by the council, will deliver the commission's overarching goal of all schools being judged as "good or better" within three years.

Council leader Claire Kober said it would appoint an "educational champion" to help push the changes through. "We'll also be publishing detailed and transparent information about the performance of each school and the council," she said.

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