Dear David...

27th June 1997 at 01:00
The TES is publishing readers' open letters to David Blunkett in a regular series:

Primary league tables are seen by an already demoralised teaching force as another stick to beat them with. Get rid of them now, while they can still be dismissed as a final aberration of a government which alienated and ignored teachers and governors.

Primary league tables are a statistical nonsense. Most primary schools are too small to produce a valid sample. The league tables give no indication of the social area the school is in, problems of poverty, lack of English as a first language or the proportion of children with special needs. They condemn children and teachers who are making heroic progress against great odds.

We should concentrate on raising standards for all children.


Secretary of the Association of Leicestershire Governors Have you got strong views on education? Write to: Dear David co Newsdesk, The TES, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY.

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