Inspect the bullies

2nd June 2000 at 01:00
A selection of views posted on our website www.tes.co.uk

YES, as a head married to a primary teacher in the UK in the year 2000, I am certainly tempted in supporting the principle of inspectors' league tables. But is this wise?

Although part of me says that we should all be subject to the same rules, whatever systems of accountability are in place for schools, league tables remain an extremely crude form of meaurement of success, and, to my mind, something far beneath the dignity of the world of education. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Let's find another way of fighting institutional bullying: rigorous, fair inspection, and the internal circulation of comparative information to be used as a tool for improvement yes - but public humiliation and exposure, no.

Mark Prowen

mprowen@portables1.ngfl.gov.uk


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