Lies behind the league tables

17th December 2004 at 00:00
Far from giving primary parents greater insight, "value-added scores" increase the potential for deceit. Many schools manipulate value-added scores through keeping key stage 1 test results low and KS2 results high; consequently Year 6 pupils have the responsibility of determining a school's reputation. Those working below the level 4 threshold are increasingly an unwelcome burden.

Primary education under the influence of league tables has become less child focused and more business driven, a parody of the education values New Labour is reported to have.

Nick Wigmore 21 Heatherbank Todmorden, Lancashire

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now