Systems failure

4th April 2008 at 01:00
Being labelled a failure does little to motivate the majority, including schools ("A grossly unjustified use of the F-word", TES, March 28). This is especially so when a significant number of the 638 schools not achieving 30 per cent A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths are making improvements, often under challenging circumstances. These schools should be recognised for their efforts.

While schools should not be labelled failures, we should support aspirations to increase the number of pupils achieving qualifications. We need as many young people as possible to succeed at school and go on to further education, apprenticeships and training. The diplomas offer new opportunities for success. We must ensure all schools give pupils the opportunities they need to thrive.

Elizabeth Reid, Chief executive, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

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