'Evil' tables must be destroyed

11th June 2010 at 01:00

I am extremely disappointed that the editor of The TES only recognises that a league table ranking "can" be unfair!

I am the headteacher of a primary school in challenging circumstances. We were recently inspected by Ofsted and awarded an "outstanding" grade. Yet the bureaucracy renders my school both as "great", "needing to maximise progression" and at risk of being "below floor targets" all at the same time.

The crude level 4 measure, on which primary league tables are based, is flawed and biased towards more affluent areas.

Children enter my foundation stage with ability levels well below those expected, so much so that we have had to develop an assessment tool which precedes the profile points. For many of my pupils, a level 4 grade at the end of KS2 is simply not expected and not achievable. However, this does not mean children haven't made excellent progress from a level w to a 3, or a level 1 to a high level 3 - but this, alas, counts for nothing in the tables.

Primary headteacher, Lincolnshire

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