Popularity test to join Sats?

26th November 2004 at 00:00
I was interested to see the latest mathematical equation to explain away our lives. From the London School of Psychiatry it gives a measure to human popularity. Five, lettered, attributes can be assigned up to five points each and must then be substituted into the equation: Popularity = (32C + 16F + 15A + 14P + 11H)4.4 where C = Contact with friends, F = Facilitating entertainment, A = Attractiveness, P = Personality, H = Humour.

It occurs to me that schools could easily improve C and F by emphasising them in the curriculum; these have the biggest factors and should yield rich rewards. Special jester teachers could help to boost humour. Altering personalities may prove a little more difficult but surely talented teachers could help. On-site health and beauty consultants and perhaps cosmetic surgeons could improve the A scores.

Am I alone in suspecting that the Department for Education and Skills is already working on this equation for its "value-added" tables?

Yours in popularity Bob Lee (68.20 to two decimal places) 24 Green Lane Close Byfleet Surrey

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today