They said ..

9th May 2008 at 01:00
'It's important that a parent can know how their child's school is doing, compared to other schools in the locality' - Beverley Hughes, children's minister
'It's important that a parent can know how their child's school is doing, compared to other schools in the locality' - Beverley Hughes, children's minister

We say ...

Some parents, including Beverley Hughes, may value league tables. But most don't.

A MORI poll commissioned by England's General Teaching Council revealed scepticism about performance tables among the majority of parents.

Fewer than half agreed that league tables had value in ensuring that schools were answerable to parents. Much more preferred feedback directly from teachers, such as end-of-term reports and parents' evening.

Only a quarter felt that league tables helped them to know how their children were doing.

The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations has also expressed scepticism about the usefulness of tables.

David Butler, its chief executive, said: "A more sophisticated and less competitive style of presenting this information would certainly help to make parents feel more informed."

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