Pupils will live up to 'failure' label

20th June 2008 at 01:00
On the assumption that one size doesn't fit all, the Government needs to differentiate its expectations of secondary schools when setting ultimatums for improvement
On the assumption that one size doesn't fit all, the Government needs to differentiate its expectations of secondary schools when setting ultimatums for improvement. If the 638 schools identified for possible closure for failing to meet the "floor target" of 30 per cent "good" GCSEs are comprehensive schools, then that target needs to be drastically modified to identify "failing" grammar schools. Perhaps a floor target of 98 per cent might be set for them? As a firm believer in the abolition of independent schools, I'm tempted to set their target as 101 per cent.

Professor Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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